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15th March 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
14 March 2003

Eventing Committee Meeting and Top Eventing Officials Seminar in Warendorf
The Eventing Committee met in Warendorf (GER) in conjunction with the 2003 Eventing Top Officials Seminar. This seminar was organised for on invitation for Officials functioning in the high level 2003 Championships, representatives of regions, riders and trainers. The Committee acknowledged the decision of the IOC to include Eventing for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games providing it was the same Olympic format as already accepted for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

World Cup Silver Medals For Fuchs, Van Der Vleuten and Smith
Three riders will receive World Cup Silver Medals, awarded for 100 starts in a World Cup, during Indoor Brabant the World Cup competitions.
The medals will be presented in the arena, shortly before the start of the World Cup competition, Sunday, 23 March, at approximately 14:00 hour.
FEI World Cup Dressage Final
It will be the sixth time that the he World Cup Final in Dressage is organized in Göteborg.
For the first time a new format will be tested with 18 riders in the Grand Prix on Friday morning 28 March at 10.00, followed by a B-Final for the riders placed 13 – 18 in the Grand Prix on Saturday at 10.00 with. Sunday 30 March. the Final will start at 12.00 and at 14:00, the 2003 World Cup Champion will be known.
World Cup Final In Las Vegas : First Ever Husband and Wife Competing Article by Max E. Ammann
Nicole Shahinian Simpson and her husband Will qualified for the 25th FEI Budweiser World Cup Final, 16 - 20 April 2003 in Las Vegas, by placing in the top 4 of the USA West Coast League. It is the first time ever that husband and wife compete together in the same Final. Will Simpson had ridden before in the 1993 Final, Nicole, when still Shahinian, 1997 and 1999 and then, as Mrs Simpson, in 2001.
Change of Date: World Dressage Championship for Young Horses in Verden
World Dressage Championship for Young Horses in Verden (GER) will take place from 6 to 10 August 2003 (previous date: 22-24 August).
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15th March 2003
Lusitano Stallions To Visit Britain
The Lusitano Stallions of The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art are to make a flying visit to Britain when they will be putting on just four performances of a unique show at Solihull Equestrian Centre, nr Birmingham from 11th-13th July.
The one off show, which is being staged over the period of the annual Heart of England Lusitano Show, will give everyone the chance to see this beautiful and ancient breed being shown in their true classical style.
The two-hour performances will include 18 Stallions from the Alter Stud under the direction of their world famous leader Filipe Graciosa who will be demonstrating haute ecole movements and highlighting the exceptional courage, agility, intelligence and training of the Lusitano horse. The Lusitano was bred for centuries to be an agile warhorse for up-close, hand-to-hand fighting. Latterly the Lusitano was bred to hunt the fierce Iberian wild bull and is now one of the symbols of Portugal.
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15th March 2003
Equine Sport Therapy Courses
Equine Sport Therapy are running a series of one and two day courses throughout the year starting on April 15th / 16th at Lucy Thompson's yard on the Kent/Surrey border.
The courses run by Chris Caden-Parker, an experienced equine sports therapist and Lucy Thompson, former Open European Three Day Event Champion, are designed to maximise the performance of both horse and rider. The topics covered include assessment of natural balance and co-ordination of the horse and rider and how to overcome weaknesses and improve communication.
"With the event and show season just beginning, we are keen to encourage riders to maximise their horses and their own potential by understanding the effect of rider influence and horse imbalance. We have designed the courses to cater for all levels of ability, from amateur to top professionals in all disciplines," says Lucy.
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15th March 2003
The British Horse Society

Towcester by-pass A43 a safer road to cross
British Horse Society advises Highways Agency on Pegasus crossing for busy dual carriageway
The A43 at Abthorpe, near Towcester in Northamptonshire is now a safer road to cross thanks to work by the Highways Agency, advised by members of the BHS. County bridleways representative John Shenfield was actively involved in the provision of the Pegasus crossing which was officially opened yesterday (13 March).

Four local riders, including Theresa Hartley who runs a livery yard nearby, several cyclists, walkers and a dog attended the opening which is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country as it has necessitated the need for a 'horse corral' on the central reservation. The A43, now a busy dual carriageway, has barred the way for many horse riders in the area from accessing safe off-road riding since it was upgraded from a single carriageway as it literally chopped the Grafton Way Bridleway in two. John Shenfield and Ann Scott, a local rider, have worked hard for over three years to have a crossing put in place and went so far as to hold a demonstration at the site in October 2001.
Several improvements have been made to the approaches for both riders and vehicles with advance warning signs to alert drivers. Neil Doherty, the Highways Agency project manager for the crossing, said "We appreciate the assistance from the British Horse Society and local riders who freely gave their advice and help, alongside our own designers, contractors and partners in Northamptonshire in perfecting the designs of the new crossing.
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15th March 2003

WEF Dressage Classic Begins
Wellington, FL – March 14, 2003 – The Zada WEF Dressage Classic began Thursday and will continue through Sunday.
Pierre St. Jacques won the FEI Prix St. Georges with a score of 71.500% riding Lucky Tiger. In second place was Shawna Harding riding Alistair with a score fo 66.333%.
The FEI Grand Prix was won by Shelly Francis riding Gala with a score of 67.458%. Patrick Burssens was second with Marfil scoring 64.875%.
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15th March 2003

USET Computer Ranking List Notification of Change
Gladstone, New Jersey—March 13, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) announces that, effective March 7, 2003, the USET Computer Ranking List is using the same system that was used throughout 2002. The change was recommended by the Show Jumping Committee, upon recommendation by the Show Jumping Active Riders’ Committee, and the decision was approved by the Executive Committees of both the USET and USA Equestrian (USAE).
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15th March 2003
USA Equestrian
Approved Rule Changes Now Available
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee approved rule changes to the 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book on February 25, 2003.
A list of these rules is located under Rules/Changes at the Federation website, www.equestrian.org. Included as a separate posting is the Jumper Rule, which was approved by the Board January 19, and amended February 25, with an effective date of April 1, 2003. Please click here for further details
15th March 2003
Show Jumping Results : CSI-W/CDI Dortmund Germany 13-16 March 2003
Class 4, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m50 Accumulator with 2 Jokers ; 1) VERELST QUEBEC; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), 2) CHARLOTTENHOF'S ATHLETICA; Soren VON RONNE (GER) 3) SILWA LITTLE GUN; Helena WEINBERG (GER)
Class 11 - Qualifier CSI-Group, International Jumping Competition ; 1) EUROCOMMERCE FORTALEZA ; Gerco SCHRODER (NED), 2) GRANNI-G; Yves HOUTACKERS (NED), 3) LAPETI; Peter WYLDE (USA) -
Preis der Stadt Dortmund, International Jumping Competition ; 1) CYRENAIKA FRH; Toni HASSMANN (GER), 2) ANKA 191; Marcus EHNING (GER), 3) PARCO; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL)
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15th March 2003
Show Jumping Results : Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Portugal - February 2003
Prova/Competition XI - 6 ANOS / 6 YEARS, Table A against the clock 1.25m
1) Harry Smolders (NED) Jan Willem
2) Marion Hughes (IRL) Echo Beach
3) Capt. Gerry Flynn (IRL) Cnoc Na Seimre
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14th March 2003

World Class Riders And World Class Horses Need World Class Grooms
The pivotal role that elite grooms play in the performance of world class horses and riders is recognised by the British Equestrian Federation: to win more medals Great Britain's elite riders must recruit, retain and work with the best grooms.

A working group has been set up to look at the elite grooming profession in Great Britain. The group, Chaired by Andrew Finding, includes Helen Huggett, BEF Executive Officer, Kathryn Payne, BEF Communications Co-ordinator, John McEwan, BEF Director of Equine Sports Science and Medicine and Lucy Katan, an ex-International Dressage groom of the highest level.
Lucy Katan is already making history as the first groom to be invited to speak at such high profile events as the Equestrian World Class Seminar (Lofer, Austria, 1-3 December 2002), and the National Equine Forum (London, 27 March 2003) about the needs and future potential for elite grooms.
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14th March 2003

Apprentice Masterclass
Ian Stark OBE, Great Britain's Olympic Three Day Eventing Champion put 13 of Derbyshire's Equestrian Modern Apprentices through their paces at the Masterclass 2003, organised by Stubbing Court Combined Training Group.
The lucky students were nominated by their employers and assessors for the Masterclass 2003 and Stubbing Court CTG's 'Trainee of the Year' competition, a reward for excellence at work and commitment to the qualification during the year.
The apprentices had to ride, jump and lunge horses that they had never seen before, a task made much more difficult under the expert eye of Ian Stark. Ian, who is four times Olympic Silver Medallist, European Champion and three times winner of Badminton Horse Trials gave the riders professional coaching in the disciplines. During the afternoon Ian went on to lead an invaluable discussion with the apprentices and their trainers in the schooling and care of event horses up to Olympic standard.
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14th March 2003
U.S. Vaulter Mari Inouye to Compete at CVI** in Nitra, Slovakia
Palo Alto, CA—March 13, 2003—Mari Inouye of Palo Alto, CA, the 2001 American Vaulting Association (AVA) National Women’s Champion, will compete as an individual at the CVI** in Nitra, Slovakia, April 25-27, 2003.
The celebrated star of the Sundance Vaulting Club in Woodside, CA, Inouye will travel to Slovakia with two horses owned by Phoebe Hearst Cooke of Woodside in order to compete with some of the best vaulters in the world.
“This is great opportunity for Mari,” said Frank Lloyd, United States Equestrian Team (USET) Chairman of the Board. “As with all our equestrian disciplines, it’s very important for individual vaulters to travel overseas to compete internationally. Mari has shown herself to be one of this country’s best, and this European experience is sure to be of great benefit to her.”
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14th March 2003
Peter Wylde Invited to Compete at Budweiser World Cup 2003
Las Vegas, NV—March 14, 2003—American show jumper Peter Wylde, individual Bronze Medalist in the Show Jumping World Championships at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG), has been granted a Wild Card spot to compete in the 2003 Budweiser World Cup Final, April 16-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
When he competed at WEG in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain last September, Wylde became the first U.S. show jumping rider to qualify for the “Final Four” since 1990 (Greg Best and Gem Twist). He went on to win the individual Bronze Medal aboard Fein Cera, who was also named “Best Horse” of the World Championships.
“We’re very excited! This is going to be a real treat for show jumping fans,” said Robert Maxey, Budweiser World Cup Committee Chairman. “They’ll be able to watch Peter Wylde compete against the world’s best just like he did last September in Jerez.”
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14th March 2003
Show Jumping Results : Sunshine Tour - Spain February/March 2003
Big Tour D, EL CORTE INGLES
BAREMO/BAREME C
1) GIFFARD DE LA MARE; Pessoa, Rodrigo (BRA)
2) KARTOUCHE VD WATERING; Veniss, Pedro (BRA)
3) COOLCORRON COOL DIAMOND; Splaine, Robert (IRL)
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13th March 2003
Double The Gate For Second Midlands Fair
The Midlands Equine Fair, which took place at the Three Counties Showground for the second year on 8 and 9 March, has been a resounding success with more than twice as many people visiting the Fair as came to it last year.
Well over 4,300 people came along to experience a wide range of horse-related entertainment, advice - and shopping. Highlights of the Fair included international three-day eventer Blyth Tait and four in hand carriage driving champion, Dick Lane.
Horse welfare was high on the Fair's agenda, and presentations by the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre (which brought along former racehorses Jolly Jester and Rebel), the International League for the Protection of Horses (the ILPH) and the Brackenhill Stud (which specialises in the natural rearing of horses) all helped to bring this message home.
Charities did well at the Fair. John Channon from the ILPH commented: "This was a good Fair, and when taken as part of Contour Exhibitions' other Equine Fairs in the South West, the North and Scotland is very successful for us, both in terms of awareness and fundraising." The Shelter for Horses and Donkeys in the Holy Land (SHADHL) also found the Fair to be useful. This was the first equestrian event the charity has used for promotional purposes, and the pre-Fair publicity combined with the numbers of visitors who made a donation have helped the charity to carry on for another period and resulted in still more patrons adopting donkeys.
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13th March 2003
www.naturallypaws.com announces Aromatherapy for Animal Courses 2003
How you can use essential oils with your pets.*
Learn everything you need to know to start using essential oils safely and effectively on your own animals including: the properties and uses of approximately 22 essential oils, how to blend them and offer them to animals, how to use kinesiology to help select the oils and much more.
Beverley Morel director of naturallypaws said "I attended this course and found it excellent. It gave me the information and confidence to be able to use oils with my pets and my family too."
The courses are run by Nayana Morag, a certified Essential Oils for Animals Therapist who has worked with animals all her life.
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13th March 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society sponsor reaps reward
The British Horse Society is delighted that Ashby House, sponsors of the British World Championship TREC Team in 2002 and new sponsors for the 2003 British Young Riders TREC Team, have reaped the rewards of their sponsorship with increased export sales.
On hearing that the World Championship TREC Team did not have a sponsor last year, Director Ben Partridge approached Business Link in Leicestershire and they put him in touch with Trade Partners UK, a government organisation that provides support services to UK companies trading overseas. With the competition taking place in Spain and being attended by the media from Spain, France and Britain it was an ideal situation for sponsorship.
The Team finished a creditable fourth of seventeen, having to make use of borrowed horses, competing under some difficult conditions.
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13th March 2003
Hammond Communications Group declares Kentucky Horse Park film progress
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation member Mary Wathen has been hard at work these past few months with her fundraising efforts for the new film In All Its Glory. Hammond Communications Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Fifth Third Bank has come on board as the Theatre Sponsor. Other contributors include W.T. Young, the Alex G. Campbell, Jr. Foundation, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), and Keeneland.
Hammond won a bid to produce the new film for the park, which is scheduled for debut in late 2003. In All Its Glory will replace the classic, but aging production Thou Shalt Fly Without Wings, the park's current film, which has been shown for over twenty-five years. The Kentucky Horse Park's importance to our industry and our region is well known. The film may influence over 800,000 park visitors and future industry participants each year. It is an exciting venture for Hammond to complete production on this showcase piece.
In the next few weeks, Hammond will be looking for a local foaling scene to shoot and is relying on the cooperation of some of the area Thoroughbred farms. The crew will also be out and about at many local and national events over the next several months finalizing filming of different equine disciplines such as Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Reining, Racing and Driving.
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13th March 2003
Continued Spanish and American success for Irish Sport Horses
At Vejer De La Frontera CSI A in Spain over the weekend of March 1st, Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) was ridden by Robert Splaine (IRL) to win Saturdays 1m40 class. Sundays “Small Grand Prix” saw Gandini Stardust VI (ISH) and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) take fifth place. On the previous Friday Diamond Carat (ISH) and Niall Talbot (IRE) took second place in the 1m30 class
On the Sunshine Tour last weekend (March 4th-9th) Gandini Stardust VI (ISH) took third place in Saturdays 1m40 class, this time ridden by Khaled Al Eid (KSA). They were followed into fifth place by Hopes are High (ISH) and Matthew Broome (GBR). Sundays Vejer Grand Prix brought sixth place for Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) and Robert Splaine (IRL). Meanwhile in Portugal, Lt. Shane Carey (IRE) and Ballycumber (ISH) were fastest in the Vilamoura CSI* Grand Prix on Sunday, March 2nd.
Irish Sport Horses were also on form over in the US
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13th March 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces West Coast League Riders For Show Jumping World Cup Final
Gladstone, NJ—March 11, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that Richard Spooner of Burbank, CA; Nicole and Will Simpson of Westlake Village, CA; and John French of Menlo Park, CA have qualified to compete in Budweiser World Cup 2003, the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. The four riders earned the right to ride in the Final after finishing as the top four riders in the U.S.A. West Coast League.

Finishing at the top of the standings were Richard Spooner and Nicole Shahinian-Simpson who tied for first place with 72 points. For Spooner, this marks his fifth trip to the World Cup Final in six years. He tied for fourth place in the Final in 1998.
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13th March 2003

Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Establishes Equitation Computer List
SYRACUSE, NY—March 12, 2003—The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, a new year-end championship horse show set for October 29-November 2 in Syracuse, NY, is initiating the sport’s first equitation computer list.
The USA Equitation Computer List will rank the nation’s equitation riders utilizing a system and format similar to the USET Show Jumping Computer List. The list will be managed and maintained by Ryegate Show Services of Annville, PA, the company that maintains the USET Computer List.
“We see this as an important step forward for our sport,” said noted hunter-jumper trainer John Madden who is producing the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament. “We think that this will help the equitation divisions at both small and large horse shows.”
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13th March 2003
Foxhall Events and Lenox Square Announce Partnership
Atlanta, GA, March 12, 2003 – Foxhall Events and Lenox Square are pleased to announce a joint partnership in conjunction with the upcoming Foxhall Flower Show and Foxhall Cup. Beginning April 1, Lenox Square shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase discounted ticket vouchers at the Simon Marketplace customer service center at Lenox Square.
Vouchers will be available at the following prices: Adults - $18, Seniors - $13, Members - $35, 4-day Members Pass - $120. Lenox Square is located in the prestigious Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia, between I-85 and State Highway 400, at the corner of Peachtree and Lenox Roads. For more information, contact Lenox Square at (404) 233-6767.
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, Georgia. Please click here for further details
13th March 2003

Madden Wins $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, Presented by CN, To Close Winter Equestrian Festival’s Stay in Wellington
United States Defends Title in Samsung Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN
Wellington, FL—March 10, 2003— Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and Judgement won the $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, Presented by CN, March 9 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Out of a field of 30 horse-and-rider combinations, only two qualified to return for the jump-off. Madden and Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, returned first and had a clean round with a good pace. Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ, with her 1996 Atlanta Olympic mount Eros, owned by The Eros Group, returned second and made good time but had the last jump down to score 4 faults. Todd Minikus and Gardenio, owned by the YZ Partners, came in third with 1 time fault in the first round.
The United States successfully defended its title in dramatic fashion by winning the Samsung Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN on March 7.
The U.S. finished with a score of 8 faults to edge Ireland who finished the two rounds with 9 faults. Canada came in third with 38 faults.
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13th March 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Monday, March 17, at 4:00 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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12th March 2003
European Dressage Tickets Go On Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the European Dressage Championships at Hickstead (13th - 17th August 2003). This is the first time that the Championships will be held in Britain since they were hosted at Goodwood in 1987 and the event presents a unique opportunity to see the World's best dressage riders and horses competing in the UK for this coveted title.
Riders are likely to include reigning European Champion, Ulla Salzgeber, World Champion, Nadine Capellmann, and Olympic Champion, Anky van Grunsven, together with teams from the top dressage nations and the very best British riders aiming to gain Olympic qualification.
As well as the individual competition, European nations will also compete for the team medals. A Young Horse day will be held on Wednesday 13th August that will see the national finals of the Rhinegold British Young Horse Championships for 5 and 6 year olds. The British Pas de Deux Championship is an exciting introduction with the winners of the national finals going forward to a contest against invited international pairs during a gala performance at the event. Other attractions will include dressage to music, Quadrille, arena displays, a Sport Horse Symposium and Shopping Village.
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12th March 2003

New Airflex Saddlecloth from Comfort Zone Equestrian
THE success of the revolutionary Airflex Saddle Pad, which allows total freedom and flexibility for the horse, has led to the launch of the Airflex GP Saddlecloth from Comfort Zone Equestrian.
The totally breathable saddlecloth uses the same award winning technology - Eva Modified Closed Cell Polythelene - as the Airflex pad.
Constructed from small hexagonal pads, locked into a mesh, these move with the horse's muscle structure, removing sheer pressure and dispersing direct pressure on the back.

As the saddlecloth is totally flexible, the horse's muscle structure is allowed to move, giving freedom throughout the back, which in turn helps improve paces. Please click here for further details
12th March 2003
The British Horse Society Private Member's Bill: Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Act published
The British Horse Society's initiative has plenty of support
The Private Member's Bill initiated by the British Horse Society and aimed at reducing equine fatalities due to ragwort poisoning has now been published. The Bill, sponsored by John Greenway MP (Cons) for Ryedale in Yorkshire, has its Second Reading on Friday 21 March.
The Bill is supported by the British Horseracing Board, the National Farmers Union, equine welfare organisations and a large number of cross party MPs. It amends the Weeds Act 1959 to place a duty of responsibility on public authorities such as highways authorities and statutory undertakers to 'take all reasonable steps to remove ragwort from relevant land occupied by him and to prevent the growth or regrowth of ragwort on such land'. The Government is taking a keen interest in the Bill as it affects authorities that are governed outside of DEFRA's remit.
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12th March 2003
Three-Time Swedish National Champion Victorious in American Debut
Los Angeles, CA—Three-time Swedish National Champion Tip Top made his American debut a winning one at the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair in Los Angeles. The bay stallion received a 72.50% from FEI ‘O’ judge Linda Zang in the Prix St. Georges class. The score earned not only the blue ribbon, but also the FEI Reserve Championship for the entire show behind Champion Brentina.
Tip Top was piloted to his victory by two-time USET National Champion and USDF Gold Medalist Leslie Morse. “Tip Top is a blast to ride,” said Ms. Morse. “He really exudes refined power. We are still getting to know each other and every day we become more and more of a team.” Ms. Morse is aiming Tip Top towards the Pan-American Games selection trials.
Ms. Morse also showed the former USET National Champion Kingston to second place with a 69.50% in the Grand Prix Special. It was the pair’s first show since returning from nine months abroad. Ms. Morse earned a USET Developing Rider Grant that allowed her to train with five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund in England for most of 2002.
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12th March 2003
Nicoll to provide challenging course at Windsor
Richard Nicoll from the USA is set to provide another challenging course in his second year as Course Designer at the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix during Royal Windsor Horse Show, 14th-18th May. Land Rover has confirmed that it will be sponsoring for the second year and to mark the continuing sponsorship, Nicoll will be introducing two new hazards, with the remainder being carefully updated.
Royal Windsor is a favourite venue in the world of International Driving, not only because of its high standard of competition but also because it takes place in the exquisite settings of Home Park Private and Windsor Great Park. Up to 80 entries are anticipated for the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix this year, including an entry from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Over half the total number of entries will be from foreign participants.
The organisers have plans to move the Driving event on dramatically in the next 12 months and one visible change that will be seen at this year’s event will be the influence of the new course building team headed up by Fred Crew. Fred who is based in Cirencester and has been part of the course building team at Badminton Horse Trials, will ensure that each obstacle is ‘finished’ in keeping with the Park both in and out of the Driving season. The water hazard, which is always a highlight with spectators, is set to be faster than ever, promising to keep the drivers on their toes and the crowd damp!
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11th March 2003

New service launched in equestrian security
A brand new service in equestrian security has been launched by Staffordshire based Saddle Safe, providing an electronic tagging solution specifically for saddles.
Saddle Safe utilise the Stoptheft® electronic tagging system, which involves the installation of a tiny passive tag into the saddle. Each tag is approximately 11.5mm x 2.12mm in size and pre-programmed with one of over 550 billion possible unique ID codes. The tag ensures positive permanent identification for the saddle and would be extremely difficult for a thief to locate or remove once in place.
With ever increasing reports of saddle and tack theft in the UK, Saddle Safe's new service offers saddle owners a method of obtaining positive identification for their saddle. Fitting of a Stoptheft® electronic tag will have the added benefits of dramatically reducing the resale value of the saddle and in turn working as a deterrent to potential theft. Working closely with the national Horsewatch scheme, Saddle Safe aims to play a proactive role in assisting crime reduction initiatives in the equestrian sector.
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11th March 2003
A Nosebag Of Goodies At Equus 2003!
Equus-The Horse Event, is unveiling a whole host of innovative, stylish and practical new products for the equestrian industry. The show takes place from 3-6 April 2003 at ExCeL in London's Docklands. With over 100 exhibitors, a huge variety of products will be launched from clothing and stable gear to the latest technological breakthroughs in healthcare, fodder and machinery. This year's show has everything for anyone who is passionate about horses!
For the latest in new equipment, All Time Equestrian have joined forces with Top British Showjumper William Funnell to design and launch their Spring collection of tack, rugs, clothing, and stable gear. When looking to design the best products, who better to ask than the experts? William will be at the show to give advice, answer questions and discuss his new range.
Equus is also an excellent place to find out about the latest developments in horse technology and innovation.
If all of these new goodies aren't enough, one lucky visitor to Equus 2003 will win a fantastic holiday.
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the equestrian world, why not make a visit to the show.
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11th March 2003

TopSpec To Sponsor New Stallion Jumping Class
LEADING equine nutrition company, TopSpec is to sponsor a class at the inaugural Premier Stallion Jumping Show at Patchetts Equestrian Centre in Watford, Hertfordshire on April 5.
The show is being organised by Brendon Stud in Sussex and features six classes and a clear round competition. The total prize-money for the TopSpec 1m 10 Open Class is £500.
Says Caraleen Light from Brendon Stud: "The event will be a showcase for mare owners and a chance for them to see the stallions in action.
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11th March 2003
Showtime with Jeffries
LEADING saddlery manufacturers Jeffries will be out and about this summer promoting its top quality products at some of the major shows and events. The Jeffries team will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice on Jeffries' extensive range including recently launched items in the Elite collection.
Catch the Jeffries team at:Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials (1 - 4 May) ;Bramham Horse Trials (5 - 8 June) ; Royal Welsh Show (20 - 24 July) ;Ponies UK (13 - 18 August) ;Masterfoods Burghley Horse Trials (September 4 - 7) ; The Equine Event, Stoneleigh (November 1 - 2)
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11th March 2003
Ian Silitch Wins The $100,000 Volvo Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (March 10, 2003)—Ian Silitch of Sperryville, VA and his mount Cable, captured the $100,000 Volvo Grand Prix—the Grand Prix Finale of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Silitch bested a field of thirty-two horse/rider combinations, turning in the only double-clear of the four-horse jump-off. Tracy Fenney, winner of an unprecedented four $50,000 Grand Prix classes at HITS Ocala, came second on Grace. Third place went to the winner of last Thursday's $25,000 Grand Prix, Jill Henselwood riding Toyz R Us. Mario Deslauriers and Big Sir placed fourth in the competition.
World-class Grand Prix course designer, Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, set a challenging 14-obstacle course that included one triple combination–fence 7, and one double combination–fence 11. The double proved to be the toughest obstacle and helped to narrow the field to four horses.
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11th March 2003
Dr. Cesar Parra’s Dressage Domination Continues on Florida Circuit
Wellington, FL— Dr. Cesar Parra’s domination of the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire FEI classes continues on the Florida Circuit. Dr. Parra and Horses Unlimited’s imported Hanoverian stallion Pik L won the FEI high score award and took home two more blue ribbons at the prestigious Palm Beach Dressage Derby.
The previous weekend the duo swept the division at the US Freestyle Championship Show in Miami and earned the FEI High Score Award with a 73.75 in Intermediaire One, bringing their season total to ten victories and two second place finishes in twelve starts. “Pik L is just incredible,” Dr. Parra said. “He just keeps getting better and better at each show."
The judges have agreed with Dr. Parra’s assessment of the Pik Bube II son. After placing Dr. Parra and Pik L first in Intermediaire One at the US Freestyle Championships show, German FEI ‘O’ judge Dr. Volker Moritz commented, “The quality of the horse and the gaits are absolutely excellent. It was a beautiful test. I gave collective marks of 8, 7,8, 8.”
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11th March 2003
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson Triumphs At Indio Show Jumping Finale
Indio, CA (March 9, 2003)—Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Westlake Village, California, rode El Campeon Farms' "Cirka Z" to the blue ribbon in the $150,000 Ford Grand Prix of the Desert. Shahinian-Simpson bested a starting field of 39 horse and rider pairs in the Conrad Homfeld designed show jumping course that had 14 challenging efforts in the first round. Only seven of the first round riders managed to go clean and return for the jump-off and of them, only two were "double-clear." In second place was Guillermo Obligato of Carlsbad, California aboard Charlotte Mashburn's "Lou Lou." The pair had no knockdowns, but were more than a second slower through the timers. Finishing in third place was "Pasadena," piloted by Misty Cassar for Chris Albrecht's Sopranos Farm of Malibu, CA.
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11th March 2003
Canadian Rider John Pearce Wins The $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix
Indio, CA (March 8, 2003)—John Pearce of Stouffville, Ontario, riding Air Jordan captured the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix during the final week of the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Pearce bested a field of fifty-four horse/rider combinations, and was the fastest of three double-clears in an eight-horse jump-off. Cathleen Calvert and Quietude finished in second place. Third place went to Molly Talla and Mr. Pacific.
Grand Prix course designer, Conrad Homfeld, set a challenging 13-obstacle course that included one double combination–fence 9, and one triple combination–fence 12. The triple cost a number of riders their clear round and helped to narrow the field to eight horses. There were a few heartbreaks along the way—Eva Gonda and El Campeons So Long left all the rails up but went fractions over the time allowed. Helen McNaught and Lexicon, winners of the circuit's opening $50,000 Grand Prix, also incurred a time-fault in their first round.
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11th March 2003
Show Jumping Results March 7, 2003; CSIO Wellington USA 5-9 March 2003
$100,000 Open Jumper Grand Prix CSIO
1) Beezie Madden (USA) Judgement; 2) Anne Kursinski (USA) Eros; 3) Todd Minikus (USA) Gardenio; 8) Kevin Babington (IRL) Carling King;
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11th March 2003
Show Jumping Results : Sunshine Tour - Spain February/March 2003
VOLVO GRAND PRIX
1) IDLE DICE; Fisher, James (GBR), 2) KOR II; Bril, Roelof (NED), 3) DIAGONAL; Meech, Daniel (NZL),
6) COOLCORRON COOL DIAMOND; Splaine, Robert (IRL)
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10th March 2003

Equine Research
Special Guest Speaker: Chris Irwin! Get your tickets today!
Speaking of amazing teachers, how about the world's greatest trainers! And some of our country's top equine Sport Celebrities! Join us for a star-studded event Saturday evening, March 15, at the Hilton London, Grand Ballroom for the Can-Am Sport Celebrity Dinner. Master of Ceremonies: Carol Mott of CFRB 1010; and special guest speaker: Chris Irwin.
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10th March 2003

TopSpec Launch New Racing Feed Balancer
TOPSPEC Equine has launched a new feed balancer for racehorses.
TopSpec Racing feed balancer is formulated to the best possible specifications, using the highest quality ingredients.
It contains optimum amounts of all the micronutrients needed to complement feed intake and allow racehorses to reach their maximum potential.
Using TopSpec Racing simplifies feeding because it provides high quality protein, vitamins and minerals whilst allowing independent alteration of calorie intake. This eliminates the need for different feeds during the fittening process.
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10th March 2003

World Young Horse, WEG, Educational Dressage Videos
Dressage un Ltd announces the release of its latest in its series of educational dressage videos filmed, edited and produced by Dressage un Ltd, LLC, for the dressage enthusiast. World Young Horse Championships, 2002, Verden, Germany is now available. Our educational dressage videos filmed, edited and produced by our dressage professionals are used world-wide for judges' seminars, but are geared for educating dressage riders and trainers of all levels.
The World Young Horse Championship, 2002, Verden, Germany video is now available. Over 60 top five and six year olds from 16 nations competed -- each with a minimum 7.5 qualifying score. See a clip of each horse with country, breed, pedigree and rider. The head of the ground jury explains the tests and judging criteria, including the announcing of the results at the end of each ride to make the event more "transparent" and interesting for the spectators, the riders and trainers. The test with each gait by the top scorer is "called" with subtitles on the screen. The top ten complete rides with judges' commentary at the end of each ride and complete marks. See history made on Saturday as the first 10 is awarded. Stills online.
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10th March 2003

Only Two Horses Qualify for the Jump Off in the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship
Wellington, FL – March 9, 2003 – The last day of competition for hunters and jumpers in Wellington, Florida was today and all in all it was a very good Winter Equestrian Festival. The competitors will move to Tampa to the fairgrounds for three more weeks of competition to culminate with the Budweiser American Invitational on March 29 in Raymond James Stadium.
The final day saw Beezie Madden and Judgement win the $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship over a field of 32 horse and rider combinations. Of the 32, only 2 horses qualified to return for the jump off. Beezie Madden and Judgement returned first and had a clean round with a good pace. Anne Kursinski with The Eros Group’s Eros returned second and was going very quickly and looked to beat the time but unfortunately had the last jump down to score 4 faults. Judgement, a Dutch Warmblood stallion is owned by Iron Spring Farm of Coatesville, PA. In third place was Todd Minikus riding Gardenio, a Hanoverian black gelding, who had only a single time fault in the first round. Gardenio is owned by the YZ Partners.
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10th March 2003

Dressage Takes Over Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club For Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
WELLINGTON, FL (MARCH 5, 2003) – The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, will host the third dressage show of the 2003 circuit, the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds, March 13-16.
While the jumpers are in Tampa, Florida, the WEF grounds in Wellington are exclusively devoted to dressage for four days, as designated by the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) ‘CDI’ status (Concours Dressage International), including Young Riders (‘Y’). At stake are qualifiers for the upcoming USET Grand Prix Dressage Championship and 2003 Pan Am Games Selection Trials/USET Intermediaire I Championship, which will both be held in Gladstone, New Jersey, (June 19-23), as well as qualifying classes for the United States Dressage Federation’s Region 3 North American Young Rider’s Championship (NAYRC), to be held in Bromont, Canada (August 5-10). In addition to nine CDI classes, the three-star show will also host 38 National classes, from Training Level through Intermediaire II, and will include FEI Young Horse competitions for Five- and Six-Year-Olds. Approximately 175 riders are scheduled to compete and nearly 250 horses are entered.
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9th March 2003
The Training Tree: Suppleness
WAVERLY, WV--Suppleness is another mythunderstood word in the horse industry. Suppleness simply means the ability to bend without stiffness. We want the horse to have loose, pliable jointshis hocks, his hips, his knees, his shoulders, his poll and his jaw. There are other joints that must be flexible, too, but generally when we talk about a horse’s ability to bend, we’re talking about one or another of those major joints.

If a horse stiffens any of these joints, that stiffness goes through his whole body. If the horse braces in his poll or jaw, for example, nothing else is going to be loose because he is locked against the rider’s hand and that stiffness is going affect all his other joints to some degree. Stiffness or resistance in any joint causes a disruption of the energy flow throughout the horse. Smooth transitions are a sign of a supple horse and, vice versa, jerky, jumpy or jarring transitions signal resistance somewhere.
Just as some people are suppler or stiffer by nature, horses are individuals. Some have short bunchy muscles, short necks, straight pasterns, or other conformation traits that make flexibility more difficult to achieve. Others have long, lean muscles, long necks, and perfect shoulder and hip angles that make bending their joints very easy for them. There are a lot of different exercises trainers can use to help any horse become looser and suppler in his joints. The key is that these exercises need to be done while the horse is moving in order for him to become truly supple.
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9th March 2003
Ireland Second In Wellington Nations Cup, Florida
Ireland were beaten into Second Place at the Samsung Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida, USA today (Friday) by one time fault, the home team taking the winning slot. Canada was placed third.
All the Irish competitors except Kevin Babington were riding borrowed horses.
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9th March 2003

The Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic Necessitated a Work Off of the Top Four
Wellington, FL – March 8, 2003 – The Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic had 23 qualified riders competing – all the crème de la crème. Riders were scored by 2 Jumper Judges – Mark Leone and McLain Ward; and two Hunter Judges – Kip Rosenthal and Margie Hough. A score judged in the warm up area was added to each round. After the first courese, 10 riders were asked to return. They were to submit their own written course and then execute it. There was one rider who did not receive a score in the second round because she submitted and jumped 11 jumps when the specifications of the class asked each rider to submit a course of 8 – 10 jumps. After the second round, four riders were asked to return to the ring. At this time, only 8 points separated these four riders overall scores. The top four were Whitney Roper, Courtney McKay, Maggie McAlary and Sloan Coles.
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9th March 2003
The Vote Is In: The Peslars’ International Dressage Judges’ Forum Was An Overwhelming Success
Wellington, Florida – March 8, 2003 – It should have come as no surprise to those in-the-know that the International Dressage Judges’ Forum held at the Everglades Dressage complex owned by Norman and Rose Peslar was going to be sold-out, oversubscribed and an overwhelming success. And it was.
Everglades Dressage, located in the prestigious Grand Prix Village adjacent to the showgrounds of The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, is one of the most spectacular farms in Wellington. Architecturally beautiful with custom appointments and meticulous landscaping, Everglades Dressage boasts a complex of stabling, tack rooms, living quarters, paddocks, outdoor riding fields and a covered, yet open, and mirrored dressage arena. It is virtually the Versailles of Wellington farms.
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9th March 2003
Show Jumping Results: Sunshine Tour - Spain February/March 2003
Big Tour A, Friday, March 7, 2003
1) HERLE SITTE; Alvarez Cervera, Luis (ESP), 2) TIO PEPE MR NICE GUY; Gutierrez Garcia, Aurelio (ESP), 3) CITY GUY ; Davies, Andrew (GBR)

Big Tour D, Friday, March 7, 2003
1) QUALITE; Whitaker, Robert (GBR), 2) EPSOM ROUGE FIDELIDADE; Levy, Pascal (ESP), 3) ELISE; Armstrong, Mark (GBR)
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9th March 2003
Show Jumping Results: Vilamoura Equestrian Tour - Portugal February 2003
Prova/Competition XXIII, Table A against the clock with Jump-off 1.35m
1) Stanny van Paesschen (BEL); Lassergut Caramba, 2) Fredrik Jansson (SWE); Propaganda, 3) Nick Skelton (GBR); Russel Prova/Competition XX
Two Phases: 1st not against the clock; 2nd against the clock 1.35m
1) Martim Portela de Morais (POR); Giroflee de Palma, 2) Eduardo Koll Netto de Almeida (POR); Ramadan Z, 3) Nick Skelton (GBR); Russel, 4) Louise Walsh (IRL) Jogatina
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