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1st - 7th April 2001

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7th April 2001 Vale Dominates At AGA Show Jumping Championships
WELLINGTON, FL - April 6, 2001 - Equestrian, Aaron Vale of Rembert, SC, rode the 9 year-old German Bay gelding, Gepardieux, to victory in the $5,000 Preliminary AGA Championship at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on Friday. Vale was one of only 6 double clear rides out of a starting field of 28. He turned in a penalty-free jumping effort in 37.90 seconds, just splits ahead of Heather Caristo and Far West who crossed the timers in 38.02 seconds.
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7th April 2001 NFU Success Should Ensure Farmers Can Stay In Touch
The importance of maintaining the life line for farmers isolated by foot and mouth disease provided by the telephone has been put by the NFU, which has secured assurances from British Telecom.
The NFU wrote to BT asking for special consideration for farming customers struggling financially as a result of the Foot and Mouth outbreak.
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6th April 2001 Rookie Wins At American Grand Prix Show Jumping Championships
WELLINGTON, FL - April 5, 2001 - Rookie Rider, Paige Rassas of Northfield, IL captured the second round qualifier for the Intermediate American Grand Prix Show Jumping Championships. Rassas and Chica Bay, the 9 year old Holsteiner mare bested a field 41 starters by turning in double clear rounds and crossing the timers in 34.074 seconds.
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6th April 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale
News Flash 5 April 2001

World Cup Jumping Final
Dutch horses on their way to Göteborg.
This morning, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture announced the release of ban of movement for horses in the Netherlands, excepted from infected areas and under specific conditions.
All riders qualified for the Final, whose horses were blocked in the Netherlands, because of Foot and Mouth outbreak, immediately decided to move to Sweden.
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6th April 2001 Netherlands Lifts Ban on Horse Movement, but Charles Out Of World Cup Final
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture this morning (April 5) lifted its ban on the movement of horses, under certain conditions, which now allows World Cup Final competitors previously stranded there to move their horses to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Final.
Ireland's Peter Charles, who qualified for the World Cup Final, will, however, not now be competing. As he was confined to the Netherlands due to circumstances beyond his control, his horses have been out of training for the past two weeks, and would not be properly prepared for competition.
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6th April 2001 The Showjumpers Club Of Ireland
Promoting the Sport of Showjumping
While we are awaiting a decision to return to a full calendar of Show Jumping, we are issuing this Press Release to make people aware of just how important the Half-bred Industry is to this country.
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6th April 2001 Federation of Veterinarians of Europe Issues Statement on Foot and Mouth Disease
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) represents all the veterinarians of Europe. Its biggest division is the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP), which represents all those in practice.
FVE and UEVP together issue the following statement.
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6th April 2001 Welfare Scheme Cases Must Be Prioritised - NFU
The scheme to slaughter animals trapped on or away from their farms by foot and mouth restrictions for welfare reasons is a vital measure and must be made to work properly, says the NFU.
But the massive volume of applications to the Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme means that it is impossible to deal with them all immediately.
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5th April 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Using Physical Pressures in Training

When we're training a horse, we use both physical and psychological pressures to shape his behavior.
You can't neatly separate the influence of these pressures because the horse has physical reactions to psychological pressures and he has psychological reactions to physical pressures. Even so, we're going to try to look at the two separately and how we apply each of them to shape the horse's behavior.
As the horse moves from being a baby green trainee to a horse that can play the upper level games, his understanding of the shape particular physical pressures suggest to him will become more sophisticated. Eventually he learns to understand a whole corridor of physical pressures together into a complex movement much as we put a bunch of individual together to make a sentence that has a much more complex meaning than any of the individual words alone.
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5th April 2001 Minikus Captures Open Jumper Competition at AGA Championships
WELLINGTON, FL - April 4, 2001 - World Cup Veteran, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL rode the 12 year-old chestnut mare, Pandora, to victory in the Open Speed Competition at the American Grand Prix Association Show Jumping Championships the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on Wednesday. Minikus bested the starting field of 24 turning in double clear rounds and the fastest time of 61.796 seconds.
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5th April 2001 NFU Says There Must Be No Let Up in the Fight Against Foot and Mouth
The NFU says today's forecast by the Government's Chief Scientist that the tide may be starting to turn on the foot and mouth disease is a glimmer of hope for Britain's countryside.
But NFU President Ben Gill said that the nightmare for Britain's livestock farmers was far from over and more still had to be done to ensure the Government's targets for slaughter were being met everywhere.
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5th April 2001 NFU Urges Farmers to Reach Out for Help Being Offered During FMD Crisis
Farmers under increasing pressure from the continuing foot and mouth crisis are being urged not to struggle on alone but to make use of the support being offered by counsellors and industry help groups.
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5th April 2001 Failure to Impose Meat Controls Scandalous - Says NPA
The cause of the current Foot and Mouth crisis is almost certainly the result of illegal import of meat products into the UK from outside the EU, says the NPA.
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4th April 2001
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
Horses are thinkers, there’s no doubt.
And at times, I’m sure the one I’m riding knows what I’m thinking. At times, I’m positive I know what he’s thinking.
So let’s talk about it.
A Horse of Course
Now I’ve always been a believer in talking to horses.
Conversations with them are simple and straightforward. They say what they mean, and they mean what they say. I like that.
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4th April 2001 AVA Announces Release of New Vaulting Manual
San Mateo, CA March 20, 2001 - - The American Vaulting Association (AVA) announces the release of it’s first vaulting coaches training manual. THE COMPULSORIES: Training for Coaches written by Emma Drinker and Isabelle Bibbler. This spiral bound and easy to use manual is divided into five levels covering techniques for teaching beginner to advanced vaulting skills. It contains teaching tips, drills and skill building exercises valuable to all coaches in teaching the required compulsory exercises for competition. The manual includes ideas for training on the ground and while working with the horse. More than 200 photographs by Eric Jewett compliment the text and provide visual reference for correct and incorrect vaulting form. Modern vaulting was developed in Germany and is used today as a pre-riding discipline to develop confidence, balance, and a natural seat for all riders.
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4th April 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale
News 3 April 2001

-World Cup Dressage Final
- FEI/Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- Executive Board Meeting
- FEI Emirates Endurance world Cup in Dubai
- Foot and Mouth Disease: list of cancelled events
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4th April 2001 Ireland's Kurten Moves Up World Show Jumping Rankings
Jessica Kurten is now 19th in the World Cup Show Jumping Rankings, just two places below the world's leading female rider, Alexandra Lederman. Jessica is due to compete in the World Cup Final in Gotenburg (SWE) this month (April 12-16, 2001).
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4th April 2001 Loss of Royal Show Shows Depth of FMD Crisis
The NFU has expressed deep regret at the cancellation of this year's Royal Show - UK farming's annual showcase event - but agrees it is the right decision.
The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) announced this morning that it would not be holding the country's premier farming, food and countryside event this morning because of the current foot and mouth crisis.
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3rd April 2001
ERC Equine Research Centre studies stall flooring system
- Paddock Mat® Stall Flooring System for the horse stable -
Equine Research Centre (Guelph) Inc., Guelph, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 2001: The Equine Research Centre (ERC) announced today that it has completed research showing that Paddock Mat®, a unique stall flooring system, has a very positive impact on air quality and stall management in the stable.
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3rd April 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale
News Flash 2 April 2001

Update on the World Cup Final in Goteborg, Sweden
World Cup Dressage Final
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3rd April 2001 NFU Cheered by Farm Aid Gala Evening to Help Farmers
The NFU has applauded the efforts of those people who have come together for a gala evening of entertainment to raise funds for farmers in need.
The evening is taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 April in response to the Daily Mail's Farm Aid appeal.*
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3rd April 2001 NFU Response to Local Elections Announcement
The Prime Minister's announcement today that the local elections are to be delayed until 7 June is the right decision, says the NFU.
NFU President Ben Gill said many farmers would find the new date more acceptable than 3 May.
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2nd April 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Pressure and Body Language

Heeding uses methodically applied, horse-logical pressures to enable the horse to feel the shape we want him to take. That is so important, you should go back and read it again.
The pressures must be methodical and consistent. The pressures the horse feels as a particular shape when we first start working with him on the ground must feel the same when we first get into the saddle. They should still feel the same when he gets to advanced work in whatever game we're going to play with him later on. As he advances, he's going to learn new shades of meaning from those pressures. But the basic meaning never changes.
The pressures must be horse logical. Our goal is to build calmness and trust between ourself and our horse. If the pressures we use to help him understand the shapes we want him to take for the games we want to play are not horse logical, those pressures will make the horse anxious instead of calm, apprehensive instead of trusting.
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2nd April 2001 AGA Rider, Horse and Rookie of the Year
TAMPA, FLORIDA - April 1, 2001 - The 2001 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational in Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, March 31, 2001 was the final qualifying event to determine the coveted titles of American Grand Prix Association Rider, Horse and Rookie of the Year. 2000 Olympian, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL has clinched her 7th AGA Rider of the 2000/2001 season title. Molly Ashe of Wellington, FL and the 9 year-old Dutch-Bred mare, Kroon Gravin defeated a field of 30 starters to win the 29th annual $200,000Budweiser American Invitational in Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, and Kroon Gravin became the AGA Horse of the 2000/2001 season. After last nights event, Vanessa Haas of Malibu, CA became the 2000/2001 season AGA Rookie of the year.
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2nd April 2001 Molly Ashe and Kroon Gavin Win First American Invitational
TAMPA, FLORIDA - March 31, 2001 - US Equestrian Team Developing Rider, Molly Ashe of Wellington, FL, and her mount the 9 year-old Dutch-Bred mare, Kroon Gravin defeated a field of 30 starters to win the 29th annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational in Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, her second win with Kroon Gravin in 6 days. Ashe and "Kroonie"was one of only 3 horse and rider combinations to turn in double clear rounds over the Steve Stephens designed course.
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2nd April 2001 Show Jumping - Ireland's Kevin Babington Third in Tampa World Cup Grand Prix
Kevin Babington, the US-based Irish rider who made such an impact in the Samsung Nations Cup series last year, took a Third Place in the $30,000 Challenge Cup Grand Prix FEI World Cup at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa, Florida (29/31 March 2001) on Thursday (March 29), riding the Irish-bred Carling King.
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1st April 2001
The Australian Stock Horse Australian Stock Horse
From the arrival of the First Fleet in 1778, Australian horses were selectively bred for strength and stamina, reliability and versatility. Parent stock included Thoroughbred, Cape of Good Hope horses (of mainly Spanish descent), Arab, Timor and Mountain pony. The strongest were retained for breeding and despite their mixed origins they developed into a strong and handsome type. It was only 40 years after the first horses were brought to this country that the exportation of high quality horses began. The Waler (from New South Wales) was considered to be the finest cavalry horse in the world, winning International acclaim for its endurance, reliability and hardiness during the Indian Mutiny, the Boer war and the First World War.
The Australian Stock Horse excels at polo, plus Australia's two unique horse sports, polocrosse and campdrafting. Because of its quick reflexes and ability to calm right down in an instant. Its natural sensitivity and responsiveness enables it to be a true snaffle bit horse for station work, hunting, and sporting events, and its boldness across country makes it ideal for eventing and endurance riding. Who can forget the incredible scenes of the stock horses in the film The Man from Snowy River
Above all the Australian Stock Horse has been selected for beauty, temperament and intelligence, ideal for hacking, dressage and family pleasure riding. The well known South Australian Stock Horse, Crown Law, represented Australia in World Championship and Olympic dressage, and several Australian show jumpers of Stock Horse breeding are representing Australia internationally.
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1st April 2001 Hanoverian News
"You just cannot overlook a Hanoverian sport horse. Our Breed leads the world rank for the seventh time in the field of jumping and for the fifth time in the field of dressage! Moreover: with this double success Hannover reclaimed from the Dutch KWPN the 'Best of All' trophy for the leading sport horse breeding book in all disciplines worldwide.".... states Gerd-G. Gauger in the spring issue of The Hannoverian published by the Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzuchter in Verden, Germany.
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