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More Learning From Horses: Threats and Safety Zones



News Headlines 28th February 2004
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World Class Performance holds "Road to Athens - The Final Push Workshop".
The British Equestrian Federation held "The Road to Athens - the Final Push" Workshop at Hartpury College last week. All the Olympic long listed riders, their grooms and the horse owners were invited to attend the two day workshop in Gloucestershire.

The Workshop provided the riders with personal sessions in their chosen areas of Human Sports Science and Medicine, including Physical Preparation, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and an opportunity to visit the Environmental Chamber at The University of Gloucestershire where the riders were able to witness the likely climate conditions they can expect in Athens. The Workshop also provided the BEF with a valuable opportunity to carry out the compulsory BOA Medical Assessment of all potential Olympic Athletes. Please click here for further details
The British Horse Society

British Horse Society Board of Trustees vote on Defra's consultation paper on mechanically propelled vehicles
At yesterday's (26 February) Board meeting, Trustees of The British Horse Society (BHS) voted to approve the following statement. 'The policy of The British Horse Society is to seek to increase all opportunities for off-road riding. Limiting access on rights of way for mechanically propelled vehicles will increase safety for our horses and riders.'

The BHS has pledged to prepare a submission on the Defra consultation paper to that effect. BHS chief executive, Kay Driver, said, "I am very pleased that the Board has confirmed the Society's policy. It is in accordance with the wishes of our members, our active volunteers and many affiliated bridleways groups.
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PERA
PERA News
PERA is also pleased to announce that, in addition to the dressage training sessions, top Dutch show jumping rider and trainer Albert Voorn will also be visiting Waresley Park Stud on 5th - 7th March. Albert has been showjumping champion of Holland twice and has had wins in both the World Cup and Nations Cup, and was silver medallist at the Sydney Olympics. Albert is best known as a rider and trainer of difficult or problem horses. Please click here for further details
Aaron Vale Sweeps 1-3-4 In The $25,000 HITS Grand Prix At Ocala Masters III
OCALA, FL (February 27, 2004)—Aaron Vale took the Grand Prix ring by storm during Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at Ocala Masters III. The top Grand Prix rider and holder of the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year, placed four of his five mounts in the money. Vale took the blue ribbon aboard his top horse, Picasso, owned by Town Creek Investment. Please click here for further details
Jerry And Staci Diaz To Perform “Romance On Horseback” At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL – February 27, 2004 – Mexican charro Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Diaz, a featured performer at the 2003 National Horse Show in Wellington, will once again bring his precision roping maneuvers and skills in dressage, reining, tricks, and dancing to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club for four appearances at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival. In this return engagement, Jerry’s wife Staci Diaz, a professional trick rider and movie stuntwoman, will perform with him. The two will exhibit their extraordinary equestrian act entitled “Romance On Horseback.”
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Laura Chapot And Sprite Win $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge, Section A
Jeffery Welles And Octavius Win $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge, Section B
WELLINGTON, FL – February 27, 2004 – With 148 horses entered in the $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge today at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, Stadium Jumping, Inc. management split the class into two sections. Laura Chapot aboard her own Sprite topped 70 horses in Section A. Jeffery Welles bested a field of 78 in Section B. Leopoldo Palacious Jugo designed the courses.
This is the second win in the meter-40 for Chapot and Sprite. They also claimed victory in the class on February 6 during WEF Week 2. “I was thrilled that she went so well again,” said Chapot. “She’s one of my favorite horses. She had about a week off and actually with the class being canceled the other day, I think that she was just in great form and so excited to be out there and going again. She was phenomenal.”
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Show Jumping Result: CSI* Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Portugal 2004
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION
1) Osta Rugs Coronation; Jean Claude Vangeenberghe (BEL), 2) Celine; Andrew Davies (GBR), 3) O'Jessie; Marion Hughes (IRL)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, Two Phases against the clock
1) O'Jessie; Marion Hughes (IRL), 2) Rika; Miguel Honrubia (ESP), 3) Ghana de Lesem; Guy Ooms (BEL)
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ERG Edges White Birch 15-14 To Reach Sunday's Final Of Hall Of Fame Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Before the game, Roberto Gonzalez told his ERG teammates to be patient and the veteran’s advice paid off as they rallied to defeat White Birch 15-14 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup semifinal polo match Friday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. This was ERG’s third consecutive one-goal victory of the tournament, including an 11-10 overtime win over Everglades in the quarterfinals.
ERG plays Bendabout, led by the brother combination of 10-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada and 5-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada, in the final Sunday at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium. Bendabout, which defeated Las Monjitas 10-15 in the semifinals, reached the first high-goal final of the season, losing to Catamount 13-10 in the Joe Barry Memorial. Please click here for further details

27th February 2004

Launch Of A New Veteran Horse Charity
Veteran Horse Welfare (VHW) is a unique charity dedicated to the welfare of the Older Horse or pony over the age of 15. It will be launched at the Midlands Equine Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 13 and 14 March 2004 in the breeds area.
The charity will be based in Pembrokeshire and will be funding many rescue cases around the UK. Also it will be educating horse owner and carers on how to manage their veteran from feeding to exercise. It will have a dedicated team of staff both caring for horses and giving advice to those people who own or care for veterans.
The VHW will also be funding private individuals who are in need of assistance with their veteran.
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APHA

Versatile horses to show practical talents at APHA's first Paint Ranch Horse Round Up

FORT WORTH, Texas-Long before equestrian centers and sports arenas became popular venues for showcasing the talents of horses in America, cattle ranches were the proving grounds for good mounts. Herding, sorting, penning and roping cattle, in addition to keeping them moving from ranches to markets, were jobs only for the best riders and their horses. It gave new meaning to the word "teamwork," because man and animal had to learn to work as one. Riders were rugged, experienced and intuitive about horses and cattle. "Versatile" became the choice adjective to describe the best ranch horses.
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East Anglia’s largest and oldest Horse Show - 132nd Woodbridge Horse Show - May Day Bank Holiday 3rd May 2004
The Woodbridge Horse Show Society has announced the date of their 132nd Show which is to be held at the Suffolk Showground, Ipswich. It will take place on May Day Bank Holiday 3rd May 2004. It is the largest and oldest horse show in East Anglia featuring an extensive range of equine events.
Over one thousand entries are expected for this year’s show and the organisers are set to attract five thousand visitors to the event. The show will commence from 8.30am on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May and entrance will cost £3 for adults, £2 for senior citizens and £1.50 for children under 15 with free car parking.
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Beezie Madden And Authentic Win $25,000 PDP Capital WEF Challenge Cup Series Round V
WELLINGTON, FL – February 26, 2004 – Topping a class of 66 horses, Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, New York, riding Authentic for owners John Madden Sales and Elizabeth Bush Burke won the $25,000 PDP Capital WEF Challenge Cup Series Round V, CSI*** today at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Madden was the fastest of seven double-clear performances, claiming victory over a 13-horse jump-off.
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2nd Annual Wellington Equus Medal Set For Evening March 8
Public Invited To Watch Stellar Roster Of International Riders Compete
WELLINGTON, FL – February 26, 2004 – The 2nd Annual Wellington Equus Medal will be held on Monday, March 8, 2004, under the lights in the Internationale Arena starting at 7 pm at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. The general public is invited to attend at no charge, but for those who wish to contribute to the Wellington Equestrian Alliance, tables are available in The Jockey Club for the Equus Medal Dinner.
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AVA Announces Release of New Vaulting Manual
Martinez, CA February 26, 2004 - - The American Vaulting Association (AVA) announces the release of a vaulting coaches training manual, TRAINING FOR COACHES: Compulsories and Kur, written by Emma Drinker and Isabelle Bibbler. This easy-to-use manual is divided into five levels and covers techniques for teaching beginning to advanced vaulting skills. It contains teaching tips, drills, and skill-building exercises invaluable in teaching compulsory and freestyle exercises for competition as well as recreational vaulting. The manual includes ideas for training on the ground and for working with the horse.
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Alberta’s Julia Vysniauskas Heats Up Florida Dressage Classic
Wellington, Florida – Equestrian athlete Julia Vysniauskas of Cochrane, AB, celebrated victory in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle competitions at the recent Zada Florida Dressage Classic held February 19-22 in Wellington, FL.
Riding Syntax, her 12-year-old Czechoslovakian Warmblood gelding, Vysniauskas earned a score of 64.51% to win the ‘B’ division of Grand Prix on Friday, February 20. The competition was held at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
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Eduardo Braun And Blackforest Asdi Win $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome
OCALA, FL (February 26, 2004)—Eduardo Braun and Blackforest ASDI, owned by Karl Giebmanns, emerged the victors in Wednesday's $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala III. Bartko Magness and Lebora took second place. John Kersley rode Moritze to third place. Fourth place also went to Eduardo Braun riding his second mount Blackforest Commodore.
Michel Vaillancourt of Schomberg, Ontario, was the course designer for the class, which was held in the Grand Prix field. For Round One, Schomberg built a 10-jump course that included two double combinations. Time allowed was set at 78 seconds. There were 8 clear rounds over the course. The six-jump short course included a double and had time allowed set at 47 seconds. Please click here for further details
Summerwind Farm Begins Rebuilding Process
DAMASCUS, MD—Only three days after their barn was completely destroyed by fire, taking with it the lives of 25 horses, Bob and Debby LaPorta of Summerwind Farm in Damascus, Maryland, are in the process of rebuilding their barn and their business.
The barn, which housed 22 horses that belonged to clients and three that belonged to the LaPortas, caught fire on Sunday, Feb. 22 at approximately 6:15 a.m. The deceased horses were mostly Quarter Horses and Paint Horses trained for the Western event of “reining”--a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse in a show arena--and ranged in value from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000. Total damages are estimated at around $500,000.
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Cross Country International Offers Week-Long Training Sessions in New Zealand With Eventing Legend Mark Todd
Millbrook, NY—Cross Country International is offering a new series of intensive training vacations in New Zealand. The weeklong vacations begin on February 8, 2004 and continue periodically throughout the year.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Todd has teamed up with world-class eventer Karen Neiderer to put together a series of dream vacations for riders who are serious about eventing and wish to learn from the world’s best. The sessions are based on a low-pressure, no-yelling principle that brings out the best in riders
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Program Update from Post Oak Farm & Guest Ranch.
We have two special clinics on the schedule for this year.
1. April 23 - 25, 2004 - A Cutting Clinic with Aaron England for intermediate level serious recreational riders with their own horses.
2. October 2nd - 4th De-Spook Your Horse with Police Horse Pros
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Indio Desert Circuit Announces Seniors Day Presented By KESQ TV And The LA Quinta Rotary Club
INDIO, CA (February 26, 2004)—Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) is pleased to announce that it will host its second annual Seniors Day, presented by KESQ TV and the La Quinta Rotary Club, Sunday, March 7 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Seniors Day pays tribute to all of the senior citizens of Riverside County by providing free admission to the horse show grounds for a host of fun activities.
The following organizations will present special programs on Seniors Day for the enjoyment of our senior visitors: Paws & Hearts Therapy Assisted Dogs; Desert Samaritans for the Elderly; Palm Desert Bicycle Club; La Quinta Healing Arts; Happy Hooker Rug Hooking; Arts & Crafts with Louise; HICAP health insurance counseling. Additionally, Tai Chi demonstrations will be offered as well as five minute massages from La Quinta Healing Arts.
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26th February 2004

Javlin Proved Their Point at BETA
Exhibiting at BETA 2004 proved to be successful for Javlin Outdoor Clothing with many retailers either placing orders or opening accounts.
Catching the eye of visitors was the Ladies Fitted Superfleece worn by Andrea and Nicki, the two models who were sporting the Fluorescent Yellow version.. Javlin Superfleece is a highly technical fabric developed by knitting the cloth in a special manufacturing process, using a high density of fibres to produce a more compact construction. The fleece is completely breathable and allows moisture vapour to pass easily through the fabric. Due to the technical finish, the surface is very durable and, combined with DWR (durable water repellent), gives a high degree of water resistance. It therefore gives the wearer a highly wind resistant, water repellent garment with enhanced drape properties.
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Olympian Carl Hester Stars At Equus 2004
A British team member at the Barcelona and Sydney Olympics, short-listed for the 2004 Athens Olympics, and holder of 32 national titles, dressage expert Carl Hester will demonstrate his skills at Equus 2004 at London's ExCel on Saturday and Sunday, 16 - 18 April.
Carl will show his training methods of working with novice horses in the morning and provide grand prix horse displays to music in the afternoon. This is a thrilling opportunity to see one of the top dressage riders up-close and personal.
"I am very pleased to have been invited to demonstrate at Equus, having heard such good reports on the many varied displays on offer", Said Carl Hester. "With British Dressage on such a high after its medal successes in 2003, it will be a pleasure to show the training that goes into this beautiful sport."
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Catton Park World Championship Carriage Driving Trials
16/17/18th July 2005
Patron:- HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Catton has been officially selected to host the World Championship Carriage Driving Trials over three days in July 2005. The event will take place in the Park in front of the beautiful setting of Catton Hall, on a course, which is considered to be one of the best in the country. Ancestors of the Neilson Family purchased the Catton Estate in 1405, and the existing house, built in 1745, is still lived in as their private family home..
Last year a new format for the World Championship Driving Trials was tried in Austria, which was an outstanding success and which may now become the standard for future World Carriage Driving Events. This makes for a far more exciting competition and is likely to attract a much larger number of followers and spectators.
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The British Horse Society

British Horse Society invites instructors to be inspired
The British Horse Society (BHS) in Suffolk is inviting all Registered and Preliminary Instructors to join them for a day's 'Inspirational Teaching for the Everyday Rider' with Islay Auty FBHS at Newton Hall Equestrian Centre, Swilland near Ipswich on Monday 29 March.
Although the day counts as a Refresher for Registered Instructors and ten hours towards the teaching practice required for Preliminary Teachers, everyone involved with teaching riding, at whatever level, is very welcome to attend.
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BETA

BETA International Best Stand Awards
THE huge buzz that surrounded this year's BETA International was reinforced by the huge effort many of the exhibitors had made with their stands.
Bigger stands, high-tech designs and minimalism was the order of the day with many exhibitors having new stands this year.
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Clint Haverty Wins Cosequin/USEF Open Reining Championship Qualifier
GLADSTONE, NEW JERSEY—February 25, 2003—Clint Haverty of Krum, Texas, took top honors in the Cosequin/USEF Open Reining Championship Qualifier at the Florida State Fair Reining in Tampa on Saturday, February 21, riding Who Whiz It, owned by Haverty Ranch. The pair wowed the crowd with a score 222 and earned $4,691.60 in the third of six qualifying competitions for the 2003/2004 Season.
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Vermont Summer Festival Announces Officials
East Dorset, VT—February 25, 2004—The Vermont Summer Festival is proud to announce an impressive line-up of officials for its five weeks of 2004 competition, July 14 – August 15. The Festival will once again bring exciting equestrian competition to the Northeast.
For the third consecutive year, all five of the Festival’s weekly horse shows will be held at the same venue, Harold Beebe Farm, in East Dorset, VT. The show grounds boast an all-weather Grand Prix and Jumper field, three all-weather hunter rings, plus all-weather riding/schooling areas.
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PDP Capital Investments Sponsors Week 5 Of 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL – February 25, 2004 – Week 5 of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off on Wednesday, February 25, and runs through Sunday, February 29, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. PDP Capital is the title sponsor of the five-day show, entitled PDP Capital Wellington Masters. The featured event is the $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***, a Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series, which will be held on Sunday, February 29. The Winter Equestrian Festival runs through March 21 in Wellington, and from March 24 through April 3 in Tampa, FL.
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Maui Jim North American Young Riders’ Championships Welcomes CN as Presenting Sponsor
Old Mill Creek, IL—February 25, 2004—The 2004 Maui Jim North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC) is proud to welcome Canadian National Railway Company (CN) as presenting sponsor. The Maui Jim North American Young Riders’ Championships, presented by CN, will return to Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL, August 10-15, 2004.
“We are so glad to have CN on board with us,” said NAYRC event director Howard Simpson. “It’s only because of the generous support we receive from sponsors like CN that we are able to put on an event that challenges young riders and helps to prepare them for top-level international competition.”
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Bendabout Beats Las Monjitas 10-5 To Reach Sunday's Final Of Hall Of Fame Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Boone Stribling picked a good time to score his first goals of the tournament, setting the tone early, as Bendabout defeated Las Monjitas 10-5 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup semifinal polo match Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The game featured four of the five Astrada brothers, three of whom are rated either 9 or 10 goals.
Bendabout, with 10-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada and 5-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada, will play the winner of today’s(Thursday) semifinal between White Birch and ERG on Sunday at 3 p.m. Please click here for further details
Horse Riding Camps offered in Europe this Summer
Millbrook, NY (February 25, 2004) — This summer, Cross Country International (CCI) is offering exciting equestrian camp getaways for youths across the pond. According to the travel institute of America, with nearly 30 million Americans using their leisure time to take an educational trip to learn or improve a skill, sport or hobby in the past three years, the time has never been better to give your kids a chance to grow their equestrian skill set during their time away from school. Through CCI, this July and August, horse-crazy adolescents can travel to riding camps in England and Ireland and experience the ultimate summer learning experience. Please click here for further details
The Blood-Horse Launches Online Directory Of Thoroughbred Welfare And Rescue Organizations
LEXINGTON, KY - In conjunction with its focus on the plight of the retired and unwanted Thoroughbred in the February 28 issue of The Blood-Horse News, Blood-Horse Publications announces the establishment of what is believed to be the first-ever online directory of Thoroughbred welfare and rescue organizations. Located on the Web at http://retirement.bloodhorse.com, the site features a searchable database of foundations and facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as England, Portugal and New Zealand.
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25th February 2004

Saddle Up Gallops On!
Over the past three and a half years, Spinal Research and the equestrian community have been working together to fight paralysis. Thanks to everyone involved, the Saddle-Up Campaign has raised over £165,000 since its launch in 2000 to help pioneer the repair of injuries to the spinal cord.
Karen Tierney, Campaigns Fundraiser at Spinal Research says: “Support from the equestrian world for our Saddle-Up Campaign has been fantastic! Lots of fun has been had at many different types of events. Money raised and donated by our supporters has provided vital income for Spinal Research and helped to publicise our work to fight paralysis”
As horse enthusiasts you know how devastating a serious riding fall can be. You may even know someone who has been paralysed by a riding accident – or more than likely someone who has had a lucky escape. It’s a very scary thought, but spinal cord injury could happen to any one of us. More than 40,000 people in the UK are paralysed as a result of damage to the spinal cord, usually victims of road accidents, sporting accidents or falls, and hundreds join them every year.
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Arabian Might
For almost thirty-years Lesley Dunn has experienced the trials and tribulations of running and maintaining Warrens Hill Arabians where she has been breeding, for performance, pure and part-bred Arabians.
Having always enjoyed her work it was when her local feed merchants began stocking a new feed range that competitive success truly began. Making an informed choice - having read the accompanying literature on the feeds - Lesley opted to give the Allen & Page feeds a try and started her mares and youngsters on Stud Pencils. Since deciding to make the switch she has never felt the need to try another brand.
Buoyed by the positive results she was seeing in the condition of the mares and youngsters, Lesley felt encouraged to delve deeper into the range.
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TopSpec Sponsor Young Event Rider
YOUNG event rider Kitty Boggis has secured sponsorship from TopSpec Equine, well known for their support of young, up and coming riders.
Based near Brampton in Oxfordshire, Kitty was a member of the gold medal winning team at last year's Young Rider European Championships in Bialy Bor, Poland, on her horse Five Boys, whose double clear round also rewarded her with an impressive fourth place overall.
Kitty is a former runner-up in the TopSpec Scholarship and has continued to feed her horses on the products ever since.
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The British Horse Society

Marion wins prestigious British Horse Society Scotland award
Marion Stewart, from Moffat in Dumfries & Galloway, recently received the BHS Scotland Anne Balfour Kinnear Award for the young riding instructor of the year for 2003. The award, which consists of a £300 bursary and certificate, is given annually to a young instructor judged to be one who inspires others, strives to succeed in the equine industry and places emphasis on good horsemanship.
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BETA

Business Booming At BETA International
THE mood at BETA International 2004 - simply buzzing!
That was the response from both exhibitors and visitors to the biggest and the best equestrian and country clothing Trade Fair in Europe.
With attendance figures up and trade reaching a new scale, this year's Trade Fair was the place to be for those serious about supporting their industry and meeting visitors from all over the globe.Please click here for further details

Highlight of the Southwest Circuit: Suedwest Cup 2004
From May 6 until 9, the Southwest Circuit begins with the Suedwest Cup 2004 at Kreuth (Oberpfalz). The show was transferred to Bavaria last year for the first time. It is known to be the highlight of the very popular Circuit organized by bk-sportmarketing. This year, there are even more classes and more attractive prizes than before.
There are four AQHA/DQHA shows (among them even working cowhorse) plus the NSBA shows. Showmanager Uwe Bader (bk-sportmarketing) hired an international team of judges: Simone DeGeus (Belgium), Tanja Hermann-Bratek (Germany), Janette Steffl (Italy), Sylvia Katschker (Austria) as well as the Americans Bill Englund, Johnny Lake, Kenny Hall and Brian Holmes. The prize money is EUR 20,000.--, among it the EUR 5,000.-- Western Pleasure Trophy and the EUR 2500,-Hunter under Saddle Trophy. Considering the prizes for the Southwest Circuit Champions there should be a considerable number of competitors from Germany and other European countries.
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Mundole Equestrian Winter Showjumping Series 5 22-02-04
Despite a cold day, a large number of riders started off the new season at Mundole Equestrian's first showjumping competition. Jayne Mitchell is holding on to the top spot on the leaderboard with Rebecca Garner a close second and Tracy Mitchell and Ruby Downie sharing third place. Several very young riders braved the cold, notably Sarah Boulton on her new mount, Danny. Sarah won the first two classes in great style. Hannah Chisolm from Crudie, near Banff had a convincing win in the last Pony Club Dengie Qualifier of the series as well as winning the 1m class. The first Junior Highland Amateur Qualifier for the Black Isle Show in August was Louise Downie from Auldearn on Sydserf Teasel.
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Approved Rule Changes Now Available
The United States Equestrian Federation Executive Committee approved rule changes to the 2004 USEF Rule Book on February 17.
Approved rule changes are located on the Federation website at http://www.usef.org/content/rules/ruleChanges/index.php.
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24th February 2004

A Veteran With Vitality
Despite his years, former police horse Hudson Bay, winner of the Veteran Horse Society's Supreme Championship at Olympia, looks full of vigour and vitality, and still has the enthusiasm of a youngster.
Thirty-year-old Hudson Bay, who is known at home as Crispin, is a handsome Cleveland Bay x Thoroughbred gelding, with a character that defies his age.
His presence both in and out of the ring, combined with his youthful looks earned him this prestigious title and the Minty Memorial Trophy.
Selected from over 2000 entries, competing in 468 classes nationwide, the final 10 went through to Olympia in December.
Crispin is owned by the Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) and has been under the loving care of Sarah Frazer for the past 12 years. Please click here for further details

The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society commissions research in the Blackdown Hills
The British Horse Society (BHS) has commissioned a research project aimed at identifying current levels of equine business activity in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in order to explore its potential for economic growth. The Project is funded by the Blackdown Hills Leader+ Rural Development Programme and research is being undertaken by Masters Students from the University of Plymouth, based at the Seale Hayne Campus in Newton Abbott.
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Strapless Shows Her Style Again In 2004 AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular
WELLINGTON, FL – February 23, 2004 – For the fourth straight year, Strapless took her rider to the victory circle, this time with her owner Clara Lindner in the irons. For the past three years it had been Emily Williams who claimed the winning ribbon but now it was Clara’s turn on February 21, 2004, in the ninth annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular in Wellington, Florida.
“I couldn’t believe it happened. I still can’t believe it happened. It’s weird it was me up there. I’m so used to it being Emily,” commented the 18-year-old who resides in Cincinnati, OH, a sparkle in her eyes, a smile on her face and warmth in her heart. She’d done what she thought couldn’t be done.
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10. Bremer Pferdefest with Int. Western Riding Show:
New: Reining (NRHA Regio Cup)
Bremen-Schimmelhof, May 20-23, 2004
The Bremer Pferdefest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. And the International Western Riding Show will be its special highlight again. Besides four AQHA/DQHA approved shows, there will be NRHA, NCHA and NSBA classes. The showmanagement expects about 200 competitors from all over Europe
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BETA

BETA Lifetime Achievement Award
ON the third day of BETA International the BETA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Nick Ward and accepted by his wife Lucy.
Nick was highly regarded in the industry, as the mastermind behind Horsemasters Distribution.
Presenting the award his long time fried Phil Duff said: "On behalf of BETA there has been no consideration necessary to present this accolade of recognition posthumously to Nick Ward.
"Nick who sat for many years on the BETA Council was also a prominent figure in establishing the BETA International Trade Fair into the major international show that we have today. Please click here for further details

Derek Peterson And Promised Land Win $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix At HITS Ocala II
OCALA, FL (February 23, 2004)—Derek Peterson and Promised Land delivered the only double-clear of a field of thirty-eight horses to win the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix at HITS Ocala II. Tricia O'Connor and Furistos Treasure, owned by Cloverlea Farm Inc., were the only other pair to join Peterson in the jump-off. Their four-fault performance gave them second in the competition. Jonathon Millar and Sweet Dreams, owned by Scotia Farms, took third place. Aaron Vale rode Arriscraft Soliel, winner of Thursday's $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix, to fourth place.
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Wrap Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 4, February 18-22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
WELLINGTON, FL – February 23, 2004 – The fourth week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival entitled Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch was held February 18 through February 22 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Mehves Trak of Germany was the course designer in the Internationale and DeNemethy Arenas.
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Ruth Hogan-Poulsen And Mon Cheri Win FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle
WELLINGTON, FL – February 22, 2004 – It was Freestyle Sunday at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival today – the highlight of four days of competition in the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic in Wellington, Florida. Ruth Hogan-Poulsen won the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle with Mon Cheri scoring 68.417% and then went on to take second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with Armando, who tallied up 66.333%.
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Wrap-Up For Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic, February 19 – 22 Winter Equestrian Festival Week 4
WELLINGTON, FL – February 23, 2004 – Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic, the second of three dressage shows at the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, was held February 19-22 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic featured qualifying competitions for USET Foundation national championships and the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships.
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Memories Continue At International Polo Club Palm Beach During 22-Goal Hall Of Fame Cup Action
WELLINGTON, Florida – In one of the most exciting games of the season before 2,212 appreciative spectators, the memories continued at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on and off the field at the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup.
Charles Smith, the most recent inductee into the Polo Hall of Fame, and his wife Marsha, presented the trophies to the teams during the post-match ceremonies. The son of the legendary Cecil Smith, Charles won five U.S. Open championships and numerous other major tournaments. They were ably assisted by George DuPont and Brenda Lynn of the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame.
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Left: Javier Hovillo-Astrada Photo Credit: Shelley Heatley
Garden State Horse Show Announces 2004 Sponsors
Augusta, NJ—February 23, 2004—The 53rd Garden State Horse Show, presented by the Junior Essex Troop, Inc., returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, May 5-9, 2004, with several new sponsors.
It is through the ongoing support of its sponsors that the Garden State Horse Show remains the largest horse show show in New Jersey. Some of this year’s major sponsors include B & B Saddlery, Der Dau Custom Boots, Kistler Buildings and Paul Miller Land Rover.
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23rd February 2004

The FEI

FEI World Cup Dressage: German Riders Steal the Show - and Mares Show The Way in Neumunster
Hubertus Schmidt and Wansuela Suerte won their second FEI World Cup qualifier of the season in Neumunster, almost certainly booking a ticket for April's FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Duesseldorf. " I was very happy with Wansuela here", said Schmidt, " She was hot at the beginning but the canter work felt very good and we worked well to the music." As best German here, Schmidt will now consult with team trainer Holger Schmezer, but expects to concentrate on the Final, which takes place from April 1-4.
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BETA

BETA Innovation Award Results
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$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, CSI*** Set For April 3 In Tampa
WELLINGTON, FL – February 21, 2004 – The crown jewel in the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival’s gem-laden series of Florida equestrian events is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by Tampa Tribune, which will be held on April 3, 2004, in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, starting at 7 pm. Please click here for further details
Carly Campbell Cooper Claims Championship Title in Ocala
Ocala, Florida – Equestrian athlete Carly Campbell-Copper of Elora, ON, got the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit off to a strong start by claiming the $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur Classic in Ocala, FL. Please click here for further details

Ireland Take 2nd And 4th At Vilamoura Grand Prix
Ireland's Marion Hughes and Glen Leddy filled two of the top 4 places in today's 10,000 euro Grand Prix at the Vilamoura Equestrian Tour in Portugal.
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Markus Beerbaum And Royal Discovery Win $60,000 Idle Dice Classic
Jeffery Welles And Roberto Coins Appassionata Win Young Jumper - 7 Year Olds
WELLINGTON, FL – February 22, 2004 – Markus Beerbaum, 33, of Thedirghausan, Germany, rode Royal Discovery owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone to the win in the $60,000 Idle Dice Classic presented by the Palm Beach Post, CSI-W today at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
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Show Jumping Results - CSI* Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Algarve 2004
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION
1) Ulabai; Mariano Ossa (Arg), 2) In Cha La d'Eno; Luis Sabino Gonçalves (Por), 3) Evaie des Cabanes; Fabrice Lyon (Fra)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, (Competition No 17 - 3,000 euro)
1) Medeo R; O Andrew Davies (Gbr), 2) Frisomat Nelke vh Waterschoot; Gudrun Pateet (Bel), 3) Oh Jessie; Marion Hughes (Irl)
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BETA

UKTI Export Award
THE inaugural UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) Export Award at BETA International went to joint winners Dodson and Horrell and Airowear.
Dodson and Horrell Technical Director Chris Gordon said: "We are thrilled to receive the award. The company has put a lot of time and investment into the export market and it can be precarious with the exchange rates and amount of paper work that is involved.
"We are thrilled to receive the award. The company has put a lot of time and investment into the export market and it can be precarious with the exchange rates and amount of paper work that is involved. Please click here for further details

Las Monjitas, White Birch, Erg, Bendabout Reach Semi-Finals In Hall Of Fame Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Brothers Eduardo and Javier Novillo Astrada proved to be a little bit better than the father-and-son combination of Memo and Julio Gracida as Las Monjitas edged Crab Orchard 15-14 in overtime in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup quarterfinal polo match Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Eduardo Novillo Astrada dribbled through two players and tapped in the game-winner with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to carry Las Monjitas into the semifinals. The 29 combined goals was the highest scoring game of the tournament.
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Show Jumping Result: CSI Amateur Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Algarve 2004
Amateur Competition No 6 (500 euro)
1) Little Midget; Martin Duffy (Irl)
2) Killkenny Diamond; Paul Taylor (Gbr)
3) Gazelle de Lavigne; Miguel Santana Lopes (Por)
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Show Jumping Results - CSI*** Neumunster Germany 19-22 February 2004
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION
Volksbanken & Raiffeisenbanken Grand Prix (53,750 euro)
1) Index; Hauke Luther (Ger)
2) Countess G; Mylene Diederichsmeier (Ger)
3) Cantaro; Soren Von Ronne (Ger)
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22nd February 2004

The British Horse Society

Professional equestrian tourism qualifications available through British Horse Society Approved stables in Scotland
British Equestrian Tourism (BET) qualifications offer a recognised standard of competence when attracting clients to the tourism industry and will benefit any establishment offering trekking and/or horse riding as a facility. BET examinations are being held in Scotland on 4 and 11 March at the British Horse Society Approved Strathearn Stables, Crieff in Perthshire, with optional pre-examination training available in the run-up. Child Protection and First Aid courses are also catered for.

The examinations are set at three levels and will test the candidates' competence in taking out a ride and treks, either as an assistant or in charge, their ability to communicate and advise novice riders, their knowledge of health and safety issues and experience in assisting in running a tourism/trekking centre.
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BETA

Caldene Overwhelmed By Response
BETA International main sponsor Caldene were overwhelmed with the response to their new collection and new stand, now under the Matchmakers International stable.
The feedback to the clothing range with its modern up to the minute fashion and quality tailoring was phenomenal and met with the seal of approval by all visitors to the stand. Said Neville Lawrence: "We really cannot believe the response, it has been quite incredible, far bigger and better than we envisaged.
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JustWorld International to Host Competition During CSIO Wellington
Wellington, Florida – JustWorld International is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a class during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Working in partnership with the organizers of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Stadium Jumping, Inc., JustWorld International will be supporting the 1.50 meter
competition held on Saturday, March 13, 2004, during the CSIO United States Cosequin Finale. This week of competition sees the top riders in the world competing in the Internationale Arena and several countries designate this event to act as their Olympic Selection Trials. The CSIO also includes the $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, Presented by CN, on Friday, March 12, in which nine countries are expected to compete.
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Clementine Goutal And Amethyst Win FEI Children’s World Jumping Competition I
WELLINGTON, FL – February 21, 2004 – Clementine Goutal, 13, of New York City, NY, rode two horses in today’s FEI Children’s World Jumping Competition 1 and placed first with Amethyst and second with Lightfeet in the overall standings after two rounds of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Cloverleaf Farm owns both horses. Riders will compete in Competition 2 tomorrow to determine which riders qualify for the FEI Children’s World Jumping Final to be held in California later this year. The competition is open to riders age 12 to 14.
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Michelle Gibson And Lex Barker Win High Score Third Level At WEF
WELLINGTON, FL – February 21, 2004 – Michelle Gibson, 34, of Wellington, Florida, riding Lex Barker earned 72.111% today, which proved to be the High Score for Third Level at the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic. Gibson topped a class of 14 entries in Third Level Test 3 aboard the striking 17.2-hand, chestnut seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Elite European Sport Horses, Inc. to clinch the award. “Wow, cool, that’s awesome!” Gibson said. “I was not expecting it. My whole goal was to get him here and see how he was going to be in the ring – that was the whole point of the horse show. That award is the icing on the cake. I’m very proud of Barker.”
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BETA

Exciting Saddlery Competition
SIX of the country's leading saddlers fought it out at BETA International 2004 to secure top honours in a new competition.
The saddlers vied for a prize fund of £3,000 in the initiative organised by the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS).
Entrants included Jeremy Rudge of Jeremy Rudge Saddlery, Robert Deavall of The English Riding Saddle Company, Patrick Keane of Hunter Saddlery, John Hammond of Jabez Cliff and Co Ltd, Martin Gulliver of Woodseaves Saddlery and Andrew Hastilow of Hastilow Competition Saddles. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results - CSI* Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Algarve 2004
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, (Competition No 14 - 3,000 euro)
1) Vilamoura Ghor de Chasnay; Luis Sabino Goncalves (Por), 2) Osta Rugs Que Sera; Jean Claude Vangeenberghe (Bel) 3) India 111; Ricardo Costa (Por)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION
(Competition No 15 - 4,500 euro)
1) Baladine du Mesnil; Olivier Guillon (Fra), 2) LB Galileo; Marion Hughes (Irl), 3) Faz de Conta; Ivan Camargo (Mlt)
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Show Jumping Results - Amateur Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Algarve 2004
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, (Competition No 3 - 300 euro)
1) Viallante; Mehdi Hmidouch (Mar), 2) Madison; Joane Sloan Allen (Irl), 3) Kolumbija; Goncalo Teixeira de Queiroz (Por)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, (Competition No 4 - 500 euro)
1) Diamant Precieux; Filipa Teixeira (Por), 2) Moreno; Joana Mello (Por), 3) Diamonds are Forever; Luis Filipe Costa (Por)
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Sat. 2.21,2004
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