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Federation Equestre Internationale News


8th March 2003
Chill Master Testimonial
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8th March 2003

United States Defends Title in Samsung Nations Cup Presented by CN At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA—March 7, 2003—The United States successfully defended its championship in dramatic fashion in the Samsung Nations Cup Presented by CN at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The U.S. finished with a score of 8 faults to edge Ireland who finished the two rounds with 9. Canada finished third with 38 faults.
After Ireland’s Kevin Babington rode fault-free in Ireland’s final ride at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Sydney Olympic veteran Margie Engle of Wellington, FL entered the ring knowing that she needed a fault-free ride on Hidden Creek’s Jones to clinch the win. One rail down would give the win to the Irish and one time fault would force a jump-off.
“Yes, I felt the pressure,” the seven-time American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year said. “I could have been the bum of Wellington real quick.”
That did not turn out to be the case. Exhibiting the skill and nerve that have gained her more Grandprix wins than any rider in U.S. history, Engle guided her 12-year-old Dutch-bred to her second clean ride of the day to allow the U.S. to win Wellington’s Nations Cup for the second straight year.
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8th March 2003
Pony Of The Year Show Sponsors New BSJA Initiative
The BSJA Junior Scholarship
The British Show Jumping Association has launched a new initiative in 2003 for Junior members in the form of a training scholarship. The scholarship in its inaugural year has been kindly sponsored by the Pony of the Year Show.
Traditionally profits from POYS have been reinvested to offer generous prize money and prizes in kind year on year. Such is the strength of the show it can now support new Junior initiatives and the BSJA is delighted to welcome their support.
This scholarship will be in the form of two days training with a BSJA accredited trainer and will be awarded to winning riders at the following major competitions. If the winning rider has already qualified for the scholarship, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest placed rider not to have already qualified.
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8th March 2003
NDSA to Host a Clinic on the I.P.E.C. Classification Process for Riders and Drivers With Physical Disabilities
Kingston, RI—March 5, 2003—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) will host a clinic to train physical therapists and physicians to classify riders and drivers with physical disabilities for competition according to the I.P.E.C. standard.
The clinic, to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, May 30 – June 1, 2003, is designed to teach physical therapists and physicians what the I.P.E.C. system for classifying athletes is and how to use it effectively. It will include instruction in the process of classification, and also cover the rules of I.P.E.C. competition and hands-on workshops overseen by internationally-recognized classifiers.
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8th March 2003
Jill Henselwood And Toyz R Us Win The $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (March 7, 2003)—Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, Ontario, Canada, took the Grand Prix ring by storm, placing first and third in Thursday's $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Henselwood claimed first place with Toyz R Us and third place with Cromwell. Both horses are owned by Juniper Farms Ltd. Mary-Lisa Leffler finished in second place with Graf Rossini S.
A field of twenty-nine horses attempted the 13-obstacle course designed by Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela. Eight horses had faultless first rounds and advanced to the shortened jump-off course. Henselwood was the only rider to post a double-clear round.
Henselwood and Toyz R Us were first to ride in the seven-fence jump-off. The pair set a blistering pace, leaving all the rails up in a time of 47.55 seconds. Their performance could not be matched by the next six riders.
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8th March 2003
New equine pregnancy test gives result in days
With spring just around the corner many horse owners will be waiting with anticipation for their mares to foal, after an 11-month gestation period.
However, it is the first few months after covering that are often the most anxious, as owners wait to find out if their horse is successfully in foal. It can be weeks before the results of blood tests are known, a procedure that can also be costly. But this suspense could become a thing of the past thanks to a new equine pregnancy testing kit from Promar Labs.
The new test is an easy to use kit which gives you an accurate result in just a couple of days. All you have to do is take a fresh sample of faeces from the mare, at least 160 days after covering, put it in the container supplied with the kit and post it to the lab in the envelope provided. You will receive the result within a few days.
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8th March 2003

Dollar D’Amour and Ashley Baker Win $15,000 High Amateur Owner Jumpers
Wellington, FL – March 7, 2003 – Dollar D’Amour and Ashley Baker win the $15,000 High Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. Tani Zeidler Anderson and Illusion, who are leading the Amateur Owner Show Jumping Hall of Fame standings, were second. Bob Kraut with his horse Caviar were third placed.
Aimee Aron won the High Junior Jumpers with Kinloch’s Cora Fina. Carrera with Michael Morrissey riding for The Ridge Farm was second. Laura Chapot won the 1.35 m speed class with Sprite. While Jan Marie Milani won the Adult Amateur Jumpers 18-35 with her own Bob.Carol Cone dominated the Adult Hunters 51 and over. She was Champion on her October Sky and Reserve Champion on her Wallstreet. Bruce Duchossis was Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters 3’3” with his Que Sera. Reserve Champion was Inverness with Sherry Robertson.
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8th March 2003
International Childrens Classique - Johannesburg, South Africa
25 - 28 April 2003
The following riders have been selected to participate at the International Children's Classique in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25 - 28 April 2003:-
LUCY BUNN From Haywards Heath, West Sussex, LAURA MANTEL From Reading, Berkshire, CORAL MOWBRAY From Penrith, Cumbria, DANIEL NEILSON From Saltburn by the Sea, Cumbria
The South African Equestrian Federation has invited a team of four riders under the age of 14 to participate in the largest Childrens Show in South Africa situated in Benoni, just outside Johannesburg. The children will ride borrowed ponies from fellow South African competitors
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8th March 2003
CSI-W s'Hertogenbosch (Ned) 20 - 23 March 2003
Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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8th March 2003
CSIJY Lacanau (Fra) 21 - 23 March 2003
Sammy Pharo From Dogemersfield, Hampshire has been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show Please click here for further details
8th March 2003
CSI-W Dortmund (Ger) 14 - 16 March 2003
Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
7th March 2003
Ground breaking animal charity initiative helps rebuild Afghan livelihoods
A major new project to help working equines and their owners in Afghanistan is to transform the lives of thousands of people struggling to rebuild their lives in this war-torn country.
This week, two international charities, the Brooke Hospital for Animals and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), launched a jointly funded project to provide free veterinary care for working horses and donkeys in the southern Afghan city of Jalalabad, as well as run an equine education and training programme for owners.
In Jalalabad, thousands of people work with horses and donkeys and, in the vast majority of cases, entire families depend on these animals for their livelihood.
Working at five of the busiest horse and donkey carriage stands, the project involves a team of specially trained local vets treating sick and injured animals, offering saddlery and farriery training and running education programmes.
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7th March 2003
The British Horse Society Livery Yard Scheme Is A Nationwide Success
British Horse Society reports demand for approval at ten a day
Sixty-four livery yards throughout the country have now been given permission to display the coveted green plaque, proving that it has passed a searching inspection and met demanding standards under The British Horse Society Livery Yard Approvals Scheme.
More than 30 other yards are in various stages of inspection or examination before a final decision is made on their suitability to be admitted to the scheme.
The scheme, launched in July last year, is supported by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals (SSPCA) and Home of Rest for Horses. It is sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers, Intervet and Merial Animal Health.
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7th March 2003

International Stars Ready For Friday’s Showdown At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA—March 6, 2003—Show jumping stars from Ireland, Canada and the United States will square off in the Samsung Nations Cup Presented by CN Friday at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.
The Nations Cup, a team competition sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation, matches teams of four riders each. The United States was victorious in last year’s debut of the Nations Cup, the first ever held outdoors in U.S. history. Although the U.S. has a world-class team again this year, Friday’s competition is expected to be tougher than last year as both Ireland and Canada have brought stronger teams.
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7th March 2003
Teams Announced For Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse
WELLINGTON, FL (March 5, 2003) — The third annual Sidelines Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse will be held on Monday, March 10, 2003, at Outback Polo in West Palm, Florida, starting at noon. The 12 renowned riders selected to compete in the Triathlon include four 10-goal polo players (the highest rating in the sport) partnered with top show jumping and dressage riders, including four Olympians. Sidelines, Outback, Polo Gear, and The Dutta Corporation are team sponsors.
The four teams will compete in three phases: polo players and jumpers will ride a dressage test to music; dressage riders and polo players will jump a Gambler’s Choice course; and everyone on all four teams will play two chukkers of polo. The team that accumulates the highest number of total points from all three phases wins the Triathlon. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Pewter medals will be presented in an Olympic-style podium ceremony at the close of the competition.
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7th March 2003
Foxhall Events Donates 19,000 Tickets to Douglas County School Children
Atlanta, GA, March 6, 2003 - There are 19,000 happy school children in Douglas County today, and each one is holding a ticket to the annual Foxhall Events. Jim Richards, Foxhall Events founder, donated 19,000 event tickets to Douglas County Superintendent Randy Brittain to distribute amongst 30 schools in Douglas County. Foxhall Events features the Foxhall Flower Show and the Foxhall Cup; both events are held on Thursday, April 17 through Easter Sunday, April 20 on Foxhall Farm in Douglasville. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster or any Ticketmaster outlet. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - $20, Seniors $15, Members - $40, 4-Day Members Pass - $125.
This year the event promises to be fun for families and there are plenty of activities scheduled to make sure that everyone has a good time. There will be a designated Foxhall children's area where the youngsters can play or make arts and crafts. The Douglasville Junior League will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. While the children are playing, the adults will have unique shopping opportunities in the Foxhall Market Place, which will be filled with vendors selling appealing equestrian and garden themed merchandise. The Daughters of the British Empire will serve tea each afternoon from 1pm until 3pm.
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7th March 2003

First to Return in the Jump Off and First in the Class: Penelope and Jeffrey Welles
Wellington, FL – March 6, 2003 – Steve Stephens from the United States and Mehves Trak of Turkey are designers of the courses in the Internationale Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival this week. Today’s $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup was a difficult course for the 42 horses that attempted it. Ten horses had clear rounds and came back to compete on a shortened course and of those ten, only 4 had clean trips in the jump-off. Penelope, with Jeffrey Welles riding was the quickest in a time of 37.73 seconds. Penelope and Jeffrey were the first to return for the jump-off and set a good pace, which no one could beat. Susanne Durst owns Penelope. Second was Viktor with McLain Ward riding for owners Harry Gill and McLain Ward. In third place was Capital S with Nona Garson riding for the Kamine Family.
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7th March 2003
USA Equestrian
Sport Loses Le Valley And Reel
The equestrian sport recently lost two people who made a great impact on the horse world. Lloyd LeValley, 54, of Harrison, NY, passed away on Feb 18. Robert Reel, 57, of Lexington, VA, died March 1.
LeValley was a USA Equestrian licensed hunter and hunter seat equitation judge as well as a licensed steward. He was dedicated to the Fairfield-Westchester PHA, serving as chairman in 1999-2000, and was serving as Membership Committee Chairman in 2003.
Reel has been the Director of the Virginia Horse Center since its inception in the mid 1980s. During his tenure the Center developed into a venue recognized as one of the premier multi-purpose equine facilities in the nation and had a significant impact on the horse industry in Virginia.
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6th March 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
5 March 2003

FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings - Beerbaum No. 1, followed by Markus Fuchs new No. 2
Ludger Beerbaum (GER) firmly leads the rankings with 3676 points, ahead of Markus Fuchs (SUI), who moved up to the second place ahead of Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA). Fuchs won the World Cup of CSI-W Vigo and earned a total of 145 points in Bordeaux.
FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings - Ulla Salzgeber No 1, Monica Theodorescu Enters top 10
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is leading the rankings since January 2000, with this month her highest score ever: 80.108, thanks to her performance in Neumünster, where she was awarded 79.25% in the Grand Prix. Nadine Capellmann (GER) is again second with 78.750, followed by Lisa Wilcox (USA) with 78.395.
World Cup Dressage Update
Monica Theodorescu (GER) is leading the standings of the Western European League, with a total of 72 points, ahead of Heike Kemmer (GER) with 62 and Jan Brink (SWE) with 58 points.
25th FEI World Cup: Situation In The Leagues
There are 12 Leagues in the 2002 / 2003 season of the FEI World Cup Jumping. Nine Leagues have ended their qualifications: - Central Europe, Canada, South America, South Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Five Leagues are still going: Western Europe, USA East Coast and USA West Coast.
FEI Children's International Jumping Competition
The FEI Children’s International Jumping Competition, launched by the FEI in 1995, is now entering its ninth year. The purpose of this competition is to promote show jumping among children aged 12 to 14 at an international level, at the lowest possible organisational costs. Last year, over 550 children from 42 countries participated in either Category A or Category B.
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6th March 2003

A Light Hack for £250
A severely emaciated 15.2 hh dark brown gelding advertised for sale in the 'Free Ads' as a 'Light Hack' for £250 has found sanctuary thanks to a vigilant horse lover.
20 year old Danny Boy had been at a livery yard in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, last August when an ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Field Officer and the RSPCA warned his young owner to take better care of him.

Not long after he was moved to another yard and was recently advertised for sale.
A prospective buyer, who responded to the ad, contacted the ILPH as soon as she saw the appalling condition he was in.
Comments Jacko Jackson, ILPH Field Officer, "Danny Boy's owner moved him after we had seen him last year so we lost track of him, but thanks to the person who responded to the ad and contacted us, we were able to visit once again."
With the help of the livery yard owner the young woman was persuaded to sign the horse over to the ILPH and he is now at Hall Farm, Snetterton.
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6th March 2003

Royal Windsor Seeks Memorabilia
Royal Windsor Horse Show 14th – 18th May 2003 which celebrates its 60th birthday this year with a spectacular recreation of the first ever show held in 1943 as part of ‘Wings for Victory’, the World War II national fund raising initiative, is looking for memorabilia from the first show to exhibit at this year’s show.
Founder Member, Clive Lidstone who has the Joseph Thurleigh ‘Wings for Victory’ Cup presented in 1943 has kindly offered to loan the cup to be displayed at this years show.
If you have memorabilia from the 1943 show that you would be prepared to loan to the show, please contact Holly Farr at the Royal Windsor Horse Show Office on 01753 860633.
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6th March 2003
HRH The Princess Royal to address 2003 National Equine Forum
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is to speak at the National Equine Forum (NEF) to be held on Thursday 27th March 2003.
The National Equine Forum is the only independent conference for the horse world in the UK. It was founded in 1993 to provide an annual opportunity for communication in both directions between the grass roots administration of the horse world and those that influence decision making in government, industry and research in relation to horses and ponies.
HRH The Princess Royal will join The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP Minister for Rural Affairs DEFRA; Graham M Cory, Official for the Horse and Head of DEFRA Rural Economies and Strategies Division; Dr Derek Knottenbelt, Head of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool; R H Graham Suggett OBE DL, Consultant Director of Breeding, BEF, Diana Rhodes, Chief Executive of Blue Zebra PR; Richard Newton, Animal Health Trust; Lucy Katan, Groom to the 2002 British Team at WEG and Henry Tremaine, University of Bristol Veterinary Centre, to address more than 150 members of the horse world on a wide range of veterinary and general equestrian matters. The Forum will also include a presentation from the winner of the Eqvalan Equine Thesis of the Year, Lynne Uttley, and the chance for forthright discussion on a number of topical issues.
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6th March 2003
Leading vets back Pfizer
Leading equine vets have pledged their support for Pfizer’s new educational worming policy which highlights the vital importance of rotation between the three chemical groups of wormers for routine worm control.
Pfizer Animal Health, manufacturer of the equine wormer Strongid-P, has become increasingly concerned about the apparent confusion amongst horse owners with regard to worm control. Emphasis on brand marketing means that owners are rotating between brands and not between chemical groups and resistance is becoming a serious issue.
An independent survey of horse owners, conducted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last year, confirmed the current confusion about how to worm horses effectively. The results clearly demonstrate the continuing need to educate owners clearly and simply to ensure that they worm their horses in the most effective way possible.
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6th March 2003

Authentic and Beezie Madden win again!
Wellington, FL – March 5, 2003 – Authentic and Beezie Madden win again! Beezie and Authentic won the $7,500 Cosequin 1.45 m class today. These two also won a 1.40 m Americhoice Speed Class during the Bayer Week at the Winter Equestrian Festival. John Madden Sales and Elizabeth B. Burke own Authentic. Second place was Sasha with McLain Ward riding for owner Harry R. Gill. Laura Kraut was third with Allegiance.
There was a $5,000 1.40 m Time First Jump-off, which began with a huge field of 100 horses. Liberty ridden by Laura Kraut was scheduled as 83rd in the original order and finished on top with the victory. Liberty, a bay mare, finished the jump off in 34.944 seconds and she is owned by The Summit Group. Laura Kraut said “she is a feisty, Dutch bred mare and I am thrilled with her win today.” Second was Kondor with James Benedetto riding with a jump-off time of 35.037 seconds for the Kamine Family and James Benedetto. Sweet Dreams was third placed with Yann Candele up.
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6th March 2003

$75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open Highlights Week Six of Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL—March 5, 2003— Thirty-six horses competed in the $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open, the highlight of week six at the Winter Equestrian Festival. This important competition was a qualifier for the Budweiser World Cup Final which will be held this April in Las Vegas, NV. Seven horses qualified to return for the jump-off on the course designed by Prof. Arno Gego of Germany. Meredith Beerbaum, a rider representing Germany, won the class in the fastest time, with Shutterfly, owned by Hyperion Farm.
Three horses had clean jump-off rounds. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, placed second on Onyx 66, owned by Harry Gill and McLain Ward. Third place went to Candice King of Wellington, FL, riding Caliskan for Louisburg Farm LLC. Norman Dello Joio also of Wellington, FL, and Quriel, owned by Belknap & Weight, came in fourth. Dello Joio and Quriel had won the previous week’s $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters Grand Prix.
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6th March 2003

11th Annual Brookhill Steeplechase Scheduled to Run on Saturday May 3, 2003
The Raleigh Jaycees present the eleventh annual Brookhill Steeplechase on Saturday May 3, 2003 at Brookhill Farm in Clayton, NC. This annual horseracing event attracts over 12,000 spectators and Steeplechasing’s finest and highest-acclaimed horses and trainers.
This year’s Brookhill Weekend will include the Brookhill Gala at Raleigh’s Cardinal Club benefiting the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday May 2 and the Steeplechase on May 3. Race day activities feature the Brookhill Children’s Alley and College Park entertainment areas, the annual Hat and Tailgate contests and much more. Sponsors include the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, GlaxoSmithKline and Hunter Industries.
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6th March 2003
Bloodhorse.com Launches Triple Crown Mania 2003
Fans can follow the Quest for the Crown with bloodhorse.com's Triple Crown Mania Web Site

LEXINGTON, KY-- bloodhorse.com, the award-winning Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding web site, a division of Blood-Horse Publications, announces the launch of Triple Crown Mania 2003, at http://tcm.bloodhorse.com. Triple Crown Mania 2003 provides up-to-the-minute news on American racing's most popular events-the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes-and exclusively features the insights and analysis of Triple Crown veteran Steve Haskin and the award-winning staff of The Blood-Horse News.
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6th March 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSIO WELLINGTON USA 5 - 9 MARCH 2003
CDI DORTMUND GERMANY 13 - 16 MARCH 2003
CDI 's-HERTOGENBOSCH NETHERLANDS 20 - 23 MARCH 2003
CIC SOMERLEY PARK ENGLAND 2 - 23 APRIL 2003
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5th March 2003
Illegal Horse Transporters Targeted
The Vehicle Inspectorate has now impounded over 100 vehicles for operating without the correct licences.
Commenting on the 100th impounding at the end of last year, Bob Tatchell, VI's Operations Director said; "This is good news for road safety and legitimate operators. Impounding is an effective sanction against those who continue to flout the law. The Vehicle Inspectorate is aware of those who have simply not bothered to get a licence, and they will be specifically targeted."
Horsebox owners could also have their vehicles impounded by the Vehicle Inspectorate and then scrapped or sold - just for playing the good Samaritan after a fellow owner has broken down. It is illegal to accept any form of payment - even in kind - for transporting horses without an Operators Licence and the correct hire and reward insurance.
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5th March 2003
Sir Peter O’Sullevan CBE Gold Cup treat at Cheltenham
Sir Peter O’Sullevan CBE will be presenting a ‘replica’ Gold Cup to Brooke Hospital for Animals supporter Mrs Fran Fuller during the National Hunt Festival in Cheltenham this month.
Mrs Fuller is fulfilling her lifelong ambition of riding around the racecourse at Cheltenham with leading jockey Jim Culloty.
Fran is doing this ride in support of the Brooke Hospital for Animals, a British charity that is dedicated to improving the condition and well being of working equines in parts of the developing world.
Fran, whose once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been arranged by BBC Radio Gloucestershire, explains what this ride means to her: “I have been riding and going to the races since I was seven and even my daughter’s middle name is Kerstin, named after the 1958 Gold Cup winner. This is a dream come true but I also wanted to use this opportunity to raise awareness about the work of the Brooke Hospital and its efforts to alleviate the terrible suffering of working equines overseas.”
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5th March 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces Official Cookbook
Gladstone, New Jersey—March 4, 2003—Whether you are a gourmet chef or simply someone who enjoys cooking at home, now you can create fabulous recipes from your favorite United States Equestrian Team (USET) athletes, coaches, judges, grooms, and horse owners with the Team’s official cookbook, Team Cuisine.
In this stunning, hardcover book, more than 300 authentic recipes from equestrian athletes and friends from around the world are paired with over 250 color photographs depicting the USET headquarters at Hamilton Farm and the countless national and international victories of the United States’ riders, drivers, reiners and vaulters.
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5th March 2003
It's Not All John Wayne And Keep 'Em Rolling!
When most people think of Western horsemanship, images of John Wayne and the lonesome cowboy on the endless plain spring to mind. But according to Western horsemanship expert David Lloyd, nothing could be further from the truth. And in order to put us all right on the matter, he will be giving riding demonstrations at the Midlands Equine Fair taking place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March.
It is not about Hollywood stars in chaps, but rather schooling horses to move under weight transference and away from leg pressure. The result is an animal that is supple throughout its head, shoulders, ribs and hips and that can be ridden one handed - it will still perform correctly and work with its rider as an harmonious team.
The training of a Western horse is based on the combination of leg pressure and the rider moving his or her weight to put the horse in the correct position to carry out a manoeuvre. In effect, the rifer is allowing the horse to work out what is required for itself.
Soon the horse learns that it only meets resistance when it does something wrong and that the resistance stops when this is corrected. This is the basis of the Western riding philosophy, which is to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult and to always reward the slightest attempt by the horse to act correctly.
In time and with patience the trainer will achieve a 'willingly guided' horse, and the rider will be rewarded with a horse that responds to the lightest rein contact and the smallest levels of control for any direction, speed or manoeuvre.
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5th March 2003
The British Horse Society

British Horse Society announces new sponsorship deal
Young TREC Riders get leg up from Ashby House
Ashby House, one of the UK's leading online retailers of riding clothes and tack (http://www.ashby-house.com), are to sponsor a new class for Young Riders at the BHS TREC Championships this year. The Classes at the Scottish (14-15 June), Welsh (5-6 July), English (19-20 July) and British Championships (2-3 August) are aimed at aspiring young TREC riders aged between 16 and 18 years, with the intention of producing a Young Riders Team to contest the European TREC Championships that take place in Belgium between 5 and 7 September.

As the National Governing Body for TREC in Great Britain, the Society is intending to take a full team of six riders aged between 16 and 18 years, and the Competitions Office is very keen to hear from any young TREC riders who would be interested in meeting this challenge.
Ashby House are increasing their commitment to BHS TREC this year after supporting the senior GB Team in the 2002 World Championships at El Rocio in Spain, where the team finished just outside the medals.
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5th March 2003

Establishment Of A New National Governing Body For Horse Sport In Ireland
Joint Press Release from John O'Donoghue TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, and Joe Walsh TD, Minister for Agriculture and Food
Mr John O'Donoghue TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism and Mr Joe Walsh TD, Minister for Agriculture and Food, today (Tuesday 4th March, 2003) welcomed the outcome of discussions on the "Proposals on the establishment of Horse Sport Ireland - a new National Governing Body (NGB) for Equestrian Sport in Ireland". The proposal to establish a new NGB for Horse Sport was the outcome of discussions chaired by Mr. Liam Connellan to develop a new Strategy Plan for the sector.
At a meeting on 21st February 2003, the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, the Irish Horse Board, the Irish Sports Council and the Departments of Arts, Sport and Tourism and Agriculture and Food agreed to work towards the establishment of Horse Sport Ireland as the new unified National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in Ireland.
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5th March 2003

NMSU massage course
You can learn Equine Sports Massage by attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) and never leave the comfort of your home.
“NMSU is now offering online a course which prepares students for certification as an Equine Sports Massage therapist,” said Patricia Strange, director of the noncredit division of Continuing Education.
Once a student completes the NMSU course and receives a certificate of recognition, the student is eligible to “test out” for certification by Equisport Therapy of Tempe, Arizona, Strange explained.
The course can be started at anytime and students work at their own pace.
This is a unique educational opportunity; it is the first equine massage course to be offered online. Sue Davis, certified equine sports massage therapist and practitioner for the past 12 years, instructs the level 1 course which teaches the massage techniques to enhance muscle health and performance while releasing stress and negative energy.
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4th March 2003
The British Horse Society South Essex Insurance Brokers BHS Cross Country Championships to get a flying start in Cornwall.
BHS West Country members are invited to qualify for the Finals
The Championship, organised by The British Horse Society and which this year will have more than 50 qualifiers nationwide, is being sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers, with Cornwall offering the first opportunity in 2003 to qualify for the National Final. The event takes place at Pendavey Hunter Trials on Sunday 9 March.
The well-built course at Pendavey Equestrian Centre, near Wadebridge will prove a suitable test for riders in the Novice (2'9"), Pairs (2'9") and the Open (3'3") classes. The event is open to all comers but only the two highest placed riders (four in the Pairs class) who are BHS Gold members qualify for the Final, which is scheduled to take place at Wickstead Farm near Swindon on 27/28 September.
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4th March 2003
Tracy Fenney Amazes With Four In A Row At The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
Ocala, FL (March 3, 2003)—On Sunday afternoon in Ocala, Florida, Tracy Fenney captured an unprecedented fourth Grand Prix win in a row at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Fenney aboard S&L Willie, co-owned by Mike McCormick and S&L Farms, bested a field of twenty-three horse/rider combinations to win the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix. Never in the history of the 21-year circuit has a rider claimed this many consecutive Grand Prix wins.
Now the big question is, can Tracy Fenney make it five in a row by winning the circuit's Grand Prix finale—the $100,000 Volvo Grand Prix. You can be sure that Fenney is setting her sights on this goal. Her skill and determination has made her the dominant force at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and the level of excitement will certainly increase as she enters the Grand Prix ring on March 9th.
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4th March 2003
PERA
PERA News
This weekend, 8th and 9th March, sees the FEI Officials Seminar & Eventing Committee meeting and PERA would be interested in receiving any questions, comments or feedback you may have on topical issues such as the Olympic format, qualifications etc.
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4th March 2003
Celebrate Easter at a Gallop at Foxhall Events - Tickets are on Sale!
Atlanta, GA, March 3, 2003 – Tickets for the 2003 Foxhall Events, held on Thursday, April 17 through Easter Sunday, April 20, are now on sale through Ticketmaster or any Ticketmaster outlet. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - $20, Seniors $15, Members - $40, 4-Day Members Pass - $125. Foxhall Events includes the Foxhall Flower Show and the Foxhall Cup – both events are held on Foxhall Farm in Douglasville, Georgia.
Captain Mark Philips, the Foxhall Cup cross-country course designer, has made innovative modifications to the course that covers Foxhall Farm and runs through the Foxhall Flower Show. This year there will be other events, including a Driving Exhibition and Dressage Exhibition. Guests will have unique shopping opportunities in the Foxhall Market Place, which will be filled with vendors selling appealing equestrian and garden themed merchandise. The Daughters of the British Empire will serve tea each afternoon from 1pm until 3 pm. There will be a designated Foxhall children’s area where the youngsters can play or make arts and crafts. The Douglasville Junior League will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
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4th March 2003
Richard Spooner Wins The $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix Presented By Adequan®
Indio, CA (March 3, 2003)—Richard Spooner and Robinson, owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group, bested a field of thirty-three horse/rider combinations to win Sunday's $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix presented by Adequan. Ryuma Hirota and Zero secured second place, with Marley Goodman and Apprapos finishing in third place.
The Grand Prix competition coincided with Seniors Day at the HITS Indio Desert Horse Park. The usual Sunday crowd was increased by a huge attendance of seniors from the region. Indio's senior citizens enjoyed free shuttle rides to the horse park and tours of the competition grounds provided by members of the La Quinta Rotary Club—this week's charity partner. HITS Director of Marketing, John Eickman, said "We are delighted that HITS Seniors Day has grown into such a popular event here in the Coachella Valley."
World-famous Grand Prix course designer, Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, flew in to design a challenging 14-obstacle course. The ninth fence - the triple - proved to be the downfall for a number of riders. Only three riders posted clear rounds to advance to the jump-off.
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4th March 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian / Performance Horse Registry Announce Event Horse Breeders Symposium
Sporthorse breeders with an interest in eventing won't want to miss the inaugural Event Horse Breeders Symposium to be held April 24-23, 2003, during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The symposium, organized by USA Equestrian and presented by the Performance Horse Registry (PHR), is the creation of Breeders Committee chairman Denny Emerson, correspondent Robby Johnson, and PHR founder, Ned Bonnie. Designed to help educate breeders on the finer points of breeding for eventing, this symposium will feature a conformation evaluation of world class event horses Giltedge, Prince Panache and Molokai. Pedigree analysis of 2003 Rolex entries, and commentary by several noted experts, including Jim Graham, Drs. Kent Allen and Peter Birdsall, Denny Emerson, Dorothy Crowell (plus others not available at press time), will also anchor the agenda.
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4th March 2003
Grantsmanship: Looking For Funding In All The Right Places .
You've seen the ads. You know, the ones that say, "Let the government finance your small business" or some other project or acquisition. They make it sound like the money is just growing on a tree somewhere, waiting for YOU to come along to pick it. In fact, millions of dollars are available in the form of grants. But what these ads don't tell you is that it is a highly competitive process (for example, $300,000 is available from one source; 60 proposals are received requesting a total of $1.3 million), that your goals and the grant maker's goals must be the same, and that there is a correct procedure and format for applying for a grant.
Understanding the grant system Primarily foundations, corporations, government, and civic and religious groups provide grants. This is money made available by these entities usually to solve a problem. By providing the funds, and opening the proposal application process to non-profits, these entities are effectively contracting with the non-profit as the means to the solution. The emphasis here is on the fact that the grant makers are looking to solve problems, not necessarily to make the non-profit successful. That may come as one by-product of the process, but it is not the focus. It's interesting to note that sometimes grant makers may be looking to help solve problems that they may have in some way created.
From the non-profits side, grant proposals are written for a variety of purposes. Obviously, the primary goal is to secure funding for an idea. Often proposals are written to make a case, test an idea, or get things started. It can be a method for non-profits to make grant making entities aware of problems that exist or that are emerging. Although an initial grant may not be funded, the awareness has been created, and subsequent requests may meet with greater success.
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4th March 2003

Parfitt Joins Eclipse Press as Marketing Manager
Lexington, KY -- Eclipse Press, the award-winning book publishing division of Blood-Horse Publications, announces that Gerilyn Parfitt has recently joined the organization as Marketing Manager. Parfitt is responsible for directing marketing and advertising for the Eclipse Press line of equine and equine-related books and videos.
Parfitt has a broad business background in a range of industries including financial, information technology services, transportation, and sports association management. Parfitt brings a range of experience in marketing, management, customer service, and strategic planning. Her additionally being an equestrian hobbyist makes Parfitt uniquely qualified for this role.
"Eclipse Press is excited to have someone with Gerilyn's qualifications take the business to the next level," noted Jackie Duke, editor of Eclipse Press. "Her arrival has opened a realm of opportunities."
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3rd March 2003

"Establishing a Proper Relationship with Equine": Part II: Understanding
By Rick Harper
TRUST : RESPECT : CONFIDENCE : COMMUNICATION : UNDERSTANDING
Understanding is the foundation for building proper relationships. If two individuals have no understanding of one another, every aspect of their relationship will be flawed. While man and animal can never completely understand each other, the more we learn about equine and the more we teach them about us, the stronger our partnership can become. This foundation is the cornerstone of Relationship Based Horsemanship. But what exactly do we mean by the word understanding? The dictionary definitions that apply to these concepts are as follows:
Understand: to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of
Understanding: a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relation
To achieve an understanding of equine we must study, listen, and try to gain an insight into their thought processes and behaviors. We must also be willing to see each equine uniquely and throw out all of the pre-conceived notions, old adages, and misunderstandings that have been suggested and taught to us. Building a proper relationship with an individual animal requires an open mind and flexible thinking.
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3rd March 2003
Laminitis Combat Pack
At this time of year, when the grass is starting to grow, all thoughts turn to laminitis and lush spring grass. Laminitis is caused by a digestive disturbance, which releases toxins, that in turn cause a reduction in blood supply to the foot and lead to inflammation and pain. In order to help with laminitis it is essential to support the liver, which is key to all digestive processes, to carry out its job of removing harmful substances from the blood.
Global Herbs have three products designed to help in the management of laminitic prone horses and ponies.
Laminitis Prone Supplement is a blend of 15 different herbs which helps the liver to work more effectively to mop up toxins and reduce acid levels in the blood. It also improves digestion of grass and other foodstuffs to prevent acids being created in too high levels. The liver is the chemical factory of the body and essential to well-being and general health. In the case of laminitis, this supplement ensures that any tendency towards acidosis in the bowels and body tissues is maintained within normal limits.
Horse owners have seen an improvement in their horse in as short a time as five days.
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3rd March 2003

Shutterfly with Meredith Beerbaum Win the $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open
Wellington, FL – March 2, 2003 – Thirty six horses competed in the $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open at the Winter Equestrian Festival. This important competition was a qualifier for the World Cup Final which will be held this April in Las Vegas, NV. Seven horses qualified to return for the jump-off on the course designed by Prof. Arno Gego of Germany. And, Meredith Beerbaum, a rider representing Germany, won the class in the fastest time, with Shutterfly. Shutterfly a dark brown Hanoverian bred is owned by Hyperion Farm.
Three horses had clean jump-off rounds. Onyx 66 with McLain Ward up was placed second. Onyx 66 is owned by Harry Gill and McLain Ward. Third place went to Caliskan with Candice King riding for Louisburg Farm LLC. In fourth place, was Quriel and Norman Dello Joio – this pair won last weeks $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters Grand Prix. Quriel is owned by Belknap & Weight.
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3rd March 2003
Army Rider Clinches Portuguese Grand Prix
Irish rider Lt. Shane Carey today (Sunday) clinched the strong Army attack on the Vilamoura CSI with a less than one-second win over the Belgian show jumping star Stanny van Paesschen in the Vilamoura Grand Prix.
Riding the Army Equitation School's <Ballycumber>, Carey copper-fastened what had been a relentless campaign at the Portuguese show. Last week's Grand Prix at Vilamoura saw two Army riders (Carey and Capt. Gerry Flynn) finish in the Top Five, but today Carey took the top spot in a thrilling finish.
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3rd March 2003

A Horse of Course

A Horse, Of Course
by Don Blazer
Greed and ignorance are making veterinarians, specifically the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) propose some pretty freedom limiting, and maybe health limiting rules and regulations.
The Revised Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) also makes me think the rule "proposers" are suffering limited thinking due to their grossly oversized egos. Veterinarians are not the only good horsemen and women.
The recently proposed MVPA would put an end to holistic medical treatments for animals, affect your right to practice natural healing methods and limit treatments to traditional veterinary medicine.
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2nd March 2003
Trallwm Farm Animal Sanctuary
It all started in Hampshire, when Lady Lesley Cooper, who was heavily involved with several Dog Rescue Centres, received a phone call asking if she would buy a rescue horse. After politely explaining that this encourages people to sell neglected horses instead of giving them to a charity, the same caller phoned several times with reduced price tags, until she said "Can you take him he will be shot otherwise".
The horse, Wilber, was very ill and the only man willing and able to help was Kevin Scott, a man used to moving top class bloodstock, but also devoted to the welfare of all horses. When he saw the dreadful state of this poor animal, he was whizzed across the Home Counties to us by Kevin. Although we had horses and were heavily involved in dog rescue, seeing this horse changed the whole course of things!
His feet were so overgrown that he needed emergency farrier work so he could stand up. Once his feet were sorted the next problem was that he needed condition and some muscle to support him, if you have an under sevens footballer in your home just check out the bony legs and that would be Wilber!
He had had the same rug on for many months so his skin was pretty grotty, his eyes were infected and sunken, and the sadness within was evident to any horse lover.Lesley continues....."Well, he survived, much to the amazement of local riders, and we ended up with a 15.1hh, pure white, pink skinned horse called Wilber that could hobble!
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2nd March 2003
The British Horse Society 'Think before you dump your rubbish' says the British Horse Society
The unnecessary death of a beloved family pony earlier this month has highlighted the dangers of dumping rubbish in fields says the British Horse Society (BHS).
It is believed that four year old miniature Shetland pony Malcolm died after ingesting toxins from rubbish dumped in his field in Esher, Surrey. The results of a post mortem are awaited to confirm the exact cause of death.
For the past few years people have been dumping rubbish in the paddocks where Mrs Khor keeps her horses, ranging from garden waste to crockery and car batteries. Pleas to house owners backing onto the land have come to nothing, and local authorities have also been unwilling to act.
Malcolm's owner, Mrs Khor, is understandably devastated and believes that Malcolm's death has been caused by the rubbish.
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2nd March 2003
Top Officials to Judge at 2003 Garden State Horse Show
Augusta, NJ—February 26, 2003—The Garden State Horse Show, presented by the Junior Essex Troop, Inc., has announced the officials for this year’s show, April 30 – May 4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
This year’s team of judges and stewards, hand-picked by the show committee according to its commitment to creating one of the finest hunter/jumper shows in the country, includes some of the nation’s top names.
The hunter and equitation divisions at the 2003 Garden State Horse Show will be judged by Donna Martin of Pottersville, NJ; G. Michael Maxwell of Colts Neck, NJ; Randolph C. and Pam Lanier Mullins of Collierville, TN; and James J. Zulia of Altoona, FL.
Joining these judges in the jumper ring will be Colonel James V. Marsh of Cranbury, NJ. John E. Franzreb, III of Staten Island, NY, and Jackie Martin of Centerport, NY, will preside as stewards for the show. Beverly A. Bedard of Camp Hill, PA, will serve as Schooling Supervisor.
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2nd March 2003

Bob Jeffreys Clinics announces the winners of the Scholarship!
Bob Jeffreys Clinics is proud to announce the winners of the 2003 Young Adult Scholarship essay contest. Contestants had submitted essays on “Why I Want To Be A Horse Trainer and How I Will Help Both Horses and Riders Make Breakthroughs”. Our panel of five judges graciously donated their time to read and grade all submissions. A great big thank you to June Evers, Barbara Goldberg, Lisa Derby Oden, Chip Watson and Matt Winkler.
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2nd March 2003

Nashar and McLain Ward Win $5,000 NAL Americhoice Challenge
Wellington, FL – February 28, 2003 – Tommy Bahama week continues at the Winter Equestrian Festival hosting the $5,000 NAL Americhoice Challenge today. The field of competitors contained 84 vying to go around the course without fault in the fastest time. McLain Ward riding Jashar at the 25th spot in the order of go was the eventual winner with 59 horses having the advantage of watching his round before their own performance. Jashar, a gray gelding owned by Double H Farm, glided around the course in 60.046 seconds. Rastella with Peter Leone up for Halifax Farm was second with a time of 60.949 seconds. Donnerlitchen with Meredith Beerbaum riding was more than 2 seconds slower than Jashar and was third.
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2nd March 2003

Michael Morrissey Consistently Winning in the Equitation Classes
Wellington, FL – March 1, 2003 – Three weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival thus far have offered equitation classes. Equitation judges the rider’s skills and mastery of the basics of riding. The Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic contains two phases: a Hunter Phase, and a Jumper Phase. Michael Morrissey has had an impressive record during this Festival and in the WIHS Equitation Classic, this week he won the overall high score. Last week he won overall high score in the WIHS Equitation Classic and during week 3 he won the class. The only other week the class was offered was the first week of showing, and Michael won the Jumper Phase and was third overall. A very consistent performance by Michael right at the top.
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2nd March 2003

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W DORTMUND GERMANY 13-16 MARCH 2003
CSI-W ‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH NETHERLANDS 20-23 MARCH 2003
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