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Featured Articles:
Huge Saddle Theft From R&R Country - Saddles Valued at £34,000
The Training Tree:
Impulsion
The Irish Draught Horse
Samsung Super League Coming Your Way Very Soon!
Federation Equestre Internationale News


3rd May 2003
Another triumph for Adam Shereston, the man who helps horses and humans in a paranormal way.
With a reputation that is known throughout the UK, Adam Shereston's latest success has now catapulted him into the headlines once again. The gifted individual has baffled medical science on many previous occassions. This time with his latest success, the proof is in the pictures with veterinary x-ray scan results.
Mrs Maria Stewart, who lives near Sudbury, Suffolk, had given up hope that her 17.3h hunter would ever recover from a severe hock tendon injury and despite a major operation and further intensive treatment, Samson failed to come sound and the injury failed to heal. The initial x-rays taken showed the intensive damage to Samson's hock. With Samson still very lame, further x-rays were taken 8months later to see if the injury showed any signs of repairing. The results came back exactly the same with no signs of healing at all.
Having given up hope of any recovery, Mrs Stewart read an article about Adam Shereston's abilities, and previous results he had with horses. Without any hesitation she contacted him to see if he would be able to help Samson. After Adam's first visit, which latest for about 2hours, Samson had gone from hopping lame, to almost sound. A further visit was made, again lasting about 2 hours, with this visit, Samson seemed to became sound.
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3rd May 2003
Groundbreaking Survival Effort By Cleveland Bay Horse Society
IN a groundbreaking effort to ensure the survival of the Cleveland Bay, a unique initiative has been launched by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) and the breed society.
Semen is to be collected from a carefully selected cross section of Cleveland Bay stallions and then frozen to assist with the survival and growth of the breed.
The 10-year programme will see the Cleveland Bay Breed Society working in conjunction with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) to ensure that stallions submitted represent the broadest genetic diversity in the live population.
All stallions will need to be registered and have an accurate minimum three-generation pedigree.
Charles Medforth, President of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society said: "We are delighted to be working with the RBST and feel very fortunate to have their technical expertise to help us with the survival of the breed."
The RBST National ReGENEration Appeal has been set up in direct response to the FMD outbreak. Although horses and ponies were not susceptible, the devastating effects of the 2001 epidemic highlighted the need for adequate reserves of genetic reserves for all species and breeds listed by the RBST.
Currently the RBST has no equine genetic material in store and funds have been made available to start collecting semen this year. The long term aim is to collect semen from 25 stallions from each of the equine breeds currently listed by the Trust.
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3rd May 2003
Something Horrible On Nancy's Cart!
Nancy the Welsh cob is a familiar sight on the streets of capital, usually trotting happily along pulling a cart of fruit and veg' to one of the busy London markets.
Nancy, whose pedigree title is Acacia Black Lady, recently found herself towing an altogether less appealing load, however.
Britain's grisliest leisure attraction The London Dungeon recruited Nancy's services, and those of her driver 19-year-old Jonathan Edwards and his 15-year-old brother Jimmy, to help spread news around the city of a new show based on The Great Plague of 1665.
Hence Nancy, who is stabled in Enfield, was hitched up to a plague cart…decked with ragged mannequins, skulls and bones, and carrying Dungeon actresses Kelly Philpott and Annie McCabe.
Even Jonathan and Jimmy were made-up in the style of plague-victims, complete with fake sores and boils, for a macabre tour which took in Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, among other famous landmarks.
"You'd have thought people would be appalled, but in fact they loved it," said Kelly. "Nancy was as good as gold, and seemed to enjoy all the attention as much as we did."
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3rd May 2003
APHA

Greatest Paint Horse show on earth expected to feature nearly 2,000 horses
World Championship Paint Horse Show set for June 22—July 5 in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas-Approximately 2,000 horses will compete for some of the highest honors awarded by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) at the World Championship Paint Horse Show, to be held June 22-July 5 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show is an annual non-qualifying event open to all APHA Regular Registry horses and Breeding Stock halter mares. This year, the show will include 168 classes, five challenge series classes, three sweepstakes events, three select sales, a trade show and many other special activities. Youth, amateur and professional horsemen and horsewomen will exhibit their horses during the two-week show, demonstrating their skills in halter, Western, English, cattle, driving and speed classes.
Activities are held in the three major arenas and in other facilities throughout the sprawling 85-acre Will Rogers Memorial Center, which is located in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show is the largest single-breed horse show held in the Lone Star State, based on the number of horses exhibited. In addition, it attracts thousands of contestants and spectators each year who are fascinated by the talent and beauty of the American Paint Horse. Last year's World Show attracted more than 144,000 visitors.
"This is a special time we all look forward to, since it is the premier event that highlights the versatility and athleticism of American Paint Horses," said Jim Kelley, APHA executive secretary. "We invite people from throughout the world to join us for 14 straight days of excitement.
"There is no charge for parking and admission is free," Kelley added. "For family entertainment, you can't beat what our World Show has to offer."
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3rd May 2003
BETA

New Trade Mission To US Shows Promise For Industry
IT was a British one, two, three at the Rolex Three-Day-Event in Kentucky.
While the event riders scooped major honours, the Princess Royal toured the British Pavilion and the British Trade Mission scored major business successes.
The trade delegation was organised by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and attracted nine exhibitors to the British Pavilion to promote their products and services.

BETA Chief Executive and Secretary Claire Williams said: "The Trade Mission went extremely well, with all exhibitors reporting a very good reception throughout the event.
"The Princess Royal spoke to all the exhibitors and was very interested to hear why they had decided to attend and what were their aims for the mission. "One of the exhibitors Unicorn Trails caught the Princess Royal's attention and picked up on MD Wendy Hofstee's comment that there was still much potential in marketing riding holidays in Great Britain overseas."
Ms Williams added: "Most of the exhibitors were pleasantly surprised by how visitors to the stands actively sought information about their prducts or services.
"The success of the British riders was certainly matched by the success of the Trade Mission which we hope to repeat next year."
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3rd May 2003

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend?
Join New York’s own Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider at the Northeast Equine Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY for these live demos!
A three day event starting May 2 – 4th
Communication – the Keys!
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he round pen is an excellent tool to use when laying the foundation for communication, understanding and respect. See how this lesson benefits any horse, green or trained to saddle. Wonderful for resolving attitude problems, too! Join Bob Jeffreys, clinician, horse trainer, author, and founder of the Partnership Training for Horse and Rider system, for this exciting demo!
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3rd May 2003

Bob Bell Named To Manage New York, Las Vegas, by National Horse Show Association
New York, New York (May 2, 2003) -- Bob Bell of Charleston, South Carolina, has been named Manager of the new Metropolitan National Horse Show in New York City, and the 120th National Horse Show (Indoor Championships), in Las Vegas, Nevada, the National Horse Show Association announced today.
Bell, 46, whose Classic Company is among America’s premier equestrian competition management organizations, has a long and varied experience in the sport. Among the shows he has organized are the Gulf Coast Winter Series, the Atlanta Series, and the highly popular Biltmore event in North Carolina, at the Vanderbilt estate. He also served 14 years in management capacities at the Washington International.
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3rd May 2003
APHA

APHA members of all ages benefit from Markel's strong support

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and its youth members will continue to benefit from the generous support of Markel Insurance Company, which recently announced its renewed partnership with the Association.
Markel, which specializes in equine insurance, is a strong supporter of the American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) Youth Presidential Service project each year. The company offers a cash incentive to the youth club selected for making a difference in its community.
Markel's support in this area rewards and inspires youngsters to use their talents to help others. Last year, the project involved youngsters assisting at therapeutic riding centers around the nation.
As part of its sponsorship, the company will also continue to offer special rates during APHA's Showcase Sales, held during the association's World Championship Paint Horse shows.
"Our partnership with APHA has been a huge success," said Don Faison, vice president and director of horse programs for Markel. "The loyalty of APHA's members has expanded our horse insurance program and allowed us to serve more of the association's members."
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3rd May 2003

Garson Ramps Up For Garden State Grand Prix
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 1, 2003— From hunters to jumpers Nona Garson of Lebanon, New Jersey, collected ribbons throughout the day during the second day of the Garden State Horse Show, proving to be a solid contender for the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix to take place on Saturday, May 3. The Garden State Horse Show is held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ and will continue through Sunday, May 4.
Garson began her winning streak by collecting the green/regular conformation hunter championship aboard Superman. The ten-year-old Holstein stallion is owned by Garson and the Kamine family.
The Kamines also own Garson’s well-known grand prix mount, Rythmical. The 18-year-old veteran of the grand prix ring warmed up with speed and power in the modified jumper class to collect a blue ribbon Thursday afternoon.
“He would have gone three seconds faster if I had let him,” said Garson. She and the fiery chestnut gelding have a long and successful history together. The pair represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics and also won the Garden State Grand Prix in 2001.
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3rd May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces Deadlines For Proposed Rule Changes
Please note that, according to Article 342 of the USA Equestrian rules, standard proposed rule changes submitted by the general membership must be received in the Federation’s office by June 1, 2003. Article 342 reads, in part, as follows:
All proposals for rule changes from the general membership must be submitted to the office of the Federation in writing on the official form for proposed rule changes provided by the Federation by June 1 for forwarding to the Legislative Committee. Rule changes from individuals must be submitted by a proponent named on the proposal regardless of any committee positions held.
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3rd May 2003
Lake Placid Horse Shows Welcome Hermès as Title Sponsor of I Love New York Grand Prix
Lake Placid, NY—April 30, 2003—The Lake Placid Horse Shows Association is proud to announce that Hermès has joined the horse show as the new title sponsor of the I Love New York Grand Prix.
The $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, July 5 as the featured event of the I Love New York Horse Show. This grand prix is the second of two AGA grand prix events held during the two weeks of horse show competition at the North Elba Show Grounds, June 25-July 6.
“We are thrilled to have Hermès join us as the title sponsor of this year’s I Love New York Grand Prix. As the maker of fine equine products, Hermès contributes greatly to the sport of show jumping and we are excited to have them on board as a sponsor,” said Lori Martin, Executive Director of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. “We look forward to being partners with them for many years to come.”
Hermès, the 166-year-old Paris-based saddler renowned worldwide for its quality, creativity and style believes its collaboration with Lake Placid Horse Shows will enable Hermès to work more closely with its riding clientele as well as to highlight the company’s exquisite Equestrian Department at its flagship retail store at 691 Madison Avenue in New York City.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows are renowned for combining exciting show jumping competition with a relaxing and beautiful environment. The shows offer the amenities of a world-class horse show with recreational opportunities found at the finest resorts, making it one of the most popular horse show venues in the United States.
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3rd May 2003
Swail Racks Up Two Thirds On Second Day Of Modena
Malahide-based Irish rider Conor Swail dramatically improved form today (Friday) at the three-star show jumping event at Modena, Italy, with two Third Places.
After an Eighth yesterday, the Co. Down-born rider steered two more of the Edward Cawley-owned Windgates rides - Sensation and Paragon - around the sun-drenched Italian arena to rack up double clears and fast enough times to claim Third Place in both the7 yr old class and the 1.35m two-phase class.
Edward Doyle took a Tenth Place in the 7yr old class with Owen ll.
Both riders join Cameron Hanley in tomorrow's (Saturday) presitigious Modena Grand Prix.
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3rd May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Requesting Bids To Host Competitions
USA Equestrian is requesting official bids to host the following competitions: · 2010 World Equestrian Games : · 2005 FEI Dressage World Cup Finals : · 2004 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final
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3rd May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Approves Rule Changes
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee approved rule changes to the 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book on April 22. A list of these rules is located at http://www.equestrian.org/rulechange/index.asp on the Federation’s web site. The Rule Book sections are updated as rules become effective and those approved since the printing of the 2003 Rule Book are indicated by colored text. Please click here for further details
3rd May 2003
Blood-Horse Publications Announces Second Annual Book Warehouse Sale
LEXINGTON, KY – Blood-Horse Publications announces its second annual book warehouse clearance sale will be held Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 349 Virginia Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. Sale hours are 9:00 am to 6:oo pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. Merchandise will be discounted 20-85% off and will include an extensive collection of horse-related books, videos, photographs, and equine art. Admission is free.
This year’s sale will also include a wide selection of equine art from Collectors Gallery of Lexington. Collectors Gallery offers affordable equine-related artwork and related merchandise to the equine enthusiast. In addition, customers can register for a chance to win a trip for two to the premiere of the upcoming Universal Studios major motion picture “Seabiscuit.”
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3rd May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Modena Italy 1-3 May 2003
Class N.4 - 1.40 Tab.C (Fei Reg. 263, 239 )
1) Yves Houtackers (NED) Jonggor's Kid Gentleman
2) Enrico Maria Frana (ITA) Flits van de Grootstraat
3) Walter Lapertot (ITA) D'Ou Viens Tu
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2nd May 2003
The FEI

Samsung Super League Coming Your Way Very Soon!
With just ten days to go before the Samsung Super League series begins at La Baule, the National Federations have nominated their squads and the stage is set for what promises to be a tough and thrilling opening leg.
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ext Monday the definite entries for the French fixture will be confirmed, but it is already clear that the new series has captured the interest and commitment of many of the best riders in the world so, this summer, we can look forward to some gigantic clashes as each participating nation strives to prove it is the greatest - not just once - but time and time again!
The eight-strong German nomination includes both Ludger Beerbaum and recent World Cup winner Marcus Ehning, while Angelique Hoorn and Jan Tops are two of the five Dutch nominees. The British, at last shaking off the malaise of recent years, are back in fighting form with a new-look squad including young Richard Davenport and the veteran Michael Whitaker while Jerry Smit and Roberto Arioldi are amongst the nine proposed by the Italian Federation.

The Irish selection is already made with just four riders listed including last year's Samsung Nations Cup Leading Horse and Rider combination of Cian O'Connor and Waterford Crystal along with Peter Charles, who this season is armed with the former Lesley McNaught ride, Pershing. Malin Baryard, who came so close to taking the World Cup title in Las Vegas is amongst the Swedish entry along with Peter Eriksson but the host country is taking no chances.
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2nd May 2003

Horsemanship Through The Ages At Battle Abbey
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 June
Equestrian skills from Roman times up until the First World War will go on show in a triumphant celebration of horsemanship through the ages at Battle Abbey, East Sussex, on Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 June.
A Roman soldier, Norman Knight, Armoured Knight and cavalrymen from the English Civil War, Napoleonic Wars and the First World War will make a dramatic and colourful spectacle as they demonstrate historic horseback skills ranging from archery and pistol firing to trumpet playing. Wearing authentic military uniform and with horses correctly dressed in the saddlery of each period, members of top equestrian historic interpreters, The Troop will be in the ring at 1pm and 3pm on both days.
Making a show-stopping appearance on horseback at each display will be the striking young Queen Victoria, dressed in full riding costume and seated - according to royal custom - sidesaddle.
Other highlights will include historic ploughing techniques and cavalry living history displays will be open to visitors from 11am.
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2nd May 2003
easibed Support For Eventing's Rising Star Ruth Friend
easibed manufacturer G.I. Hadfield & Son Ltd has announced a sponsorship deal providing bedding to event rider Ruth Friend as part of an expanding promotional portfolio supporting the easibed product.
Ruth, a member of the 5-strong World Class Potential Squad for the second year in succession, has a string of 11 horses to compete this season, 6 of them advanced and she has already notched up several early season wins.

Following her decision to switch her yard to dust free easibed at the start of the year, Ruth contacted National Sales Manager Ian McColville who announced the sponsorship, saying, "We visited Ruth's yard to talk to her about easibed and were immediately very impressed with her totally professional approach. We're delighted to support her and confident that easibed will make a significant contribution to keeping her horses healthy and at peak fitness.
Ruth said, "Obviously I'm delighted! easibed is dust free, which is the main reason I was interested in the product, but I'm also really pleased with how clean everything is and how much time we save on the yard, as it's so easy to work with. We can store the bales outside, which is convenient, but I'm probably most excited about the potential health benefits for the horses, as respiratory fitness is so important!"
Ruth joins an increasing number of top class competition riders choosing dust free easibed for the horses in their care, the proven benefits of the product a key part of a successful management and training programme.
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2nd May 2003
Huge Saddle Theft From R&R Country - Saddles Valued at £34,000
A CALL has gone out to the trade to look out for anyone trying to sell saddles after 90 were stolen from leading equestrian retailers R&R Country.
Based at Hemingbrough, near Selby, R&R Country stock a wide selection of saddles, many from leading names in the market.
The break in took place on the evening of Monday, April 28 when thieves escaped with the haul.
Sue Moxon of R&R Country said: "Whoever broke in and took the saddles, really knew what they were doing and we believe they had visited the store in the last week.
"The team here still cannot believe this has happened, we have very good security and it is quite upsetting.
"We would welcome any information that may help the police to track down the thieves, and would ask members of the trade to get in touch if anyone not well known throughout the industry makes contact to try and sell these saddles."
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2nd May 2003
Change in SCOPE Conditions of Auction
Following a written clarification of SCOPE's VAT status received today from the Irish tax authorities, SCOPE Auction is pleased to announce a simplification and lowering of the commission that will be charged to horse buyers.
The new language in the revised SCOPE Conditions of Auction is:
"The sales price to be paid by the buyer is calculated as follows: knock-down price + 5% of the knock-down price in buyer's commission = sales price. If applicable, VAT of 4.3% will be added to the sales price. "
VAT will not be charged to buyers outside of the European Union or to EU residents outside of Ireland who provide their bona fide VAT number to SCOPE. Irish residents will be charged VAT but those registered for VAT may be able to reclaim the VAT paid to SCOPE.
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2nd May 2003

Tom McCutcheon Sweeps Intervet/USET Reining All Star Series
Gladstone, NJ—May 1, 2003—Tom McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX, swept the Intervet/USET Reining All Star Series by capturing the second and final event of the Series riding Smartest Chic Olena, owned by Terry Owens, in Kansas City, MO, on April 27.
The competition lived up to its name with an all-star cast competing for the $25,000 purse. McCutcheon, the team Gold and individual Silver Medalist from the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, scored a 221.5 which was good enough to defeat Casey Hinton of Whitesboro, TX riding Sunrise Enterprise, owned by Bob and Curtice McCloy. Hinton and Sunrise marked a 219.5, just edging out Craig Johnson of Gainesville, TX, who finished third riding Docs Whizin, owned by Jim Dun who finished with 218.5.

Pete Kyle of Whitesboro, TX, riding A Genuine Remedy, owned by Kimberly Wang of Kailua, HI, and Tim McQuay of Tioga, riding Arc Sparkle Surprise, owned by McQuay and Arrighi, also tied for fourth with Dell Hendricks of Tioga, TX, with 215, on Dunnit In Hollywood, owned by Hendricks, Hill and Craig.
“I am thrilled to win both legs of the series,” said McCutcheon, “especially competing against such top reiners. The Intervet/USET All Star Series was a great addition to the USET program.”
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2nd May 2003
APHA

BMB Tack shows support for multiple APHA programs

FORT WORTH, Texas-Several American Paint Horse Association (APHA) programs will benefit from the continued support from BMB Tack, which has renewed its partnership with the Association.
"The thing I like best about working with APHA is that it is a very progressive equine organization," said Kim Hanna, marketing director for BMB Tack, which has been a longtime sponsor of APHA.
"They are constantly going out of their way to find new ways to reach their members. Because APHA is such a broad organization and serves so many, we can reach the full spectrum of horse owners."
BMB, which specializes in creating one-of-a-kind leads, blankets, halters and other horse gear, has been an APHA sponsor for more than six years.
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2nd May 2003

Horse Show's "Crowning Jewel" $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar Leaps into Del Mar Arena May 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds -- The Del Mar National Horse Show's premier event, the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an American Grand Prix Association event, will take place in the Del Mar Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday, May 3rd.
This premier jumping event is sponsored in part by HBO, Budweiser, and the American Grand Prix Association (AGA). The top 30 competitors from the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix Qualifier, which will be held on Thursday, May 1, in the Del Mar Arena, will fill the field of the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar.
The AGA promotes Olympic-caliber show jumping throughout the U.S., and is a proving ground for the United States Equestrian Teams in preparation for the Pan American Games, the World Cup, World Equestrian Games, and Olympics.
Contenders in the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar will negotiate a challenging course of 15-20 obstacles designed by course designer Peter Holmes of Canada.
Riders and horses that negotiate the course cleanly within the allowed time move on to compete in the final round. The final round is a jump-off against the clock in which split seconds can make the difference between the taking home the $30,000 winner's purse or the $15,000 runner-up prize.
In addition to prize money, the top 10 contenders earn points toward becoming AGA Horse and Rider of the Year.
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2nd May 2003

North American League Gears Up For Spring
Annville, PA—May 1, 2003— With the winter circuits wrapped up, the North American League (NAL) looks toward its spring events with great enthusiasm. The winter proved to be exciting as thousands of horses and riders continued their quest to qualify for the NAL finals, which will be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October. As of April 24, 2003, strong leaders have emerged in each of the divisions and the standings continue to take shape.

In the hunter divisions, riders have proven that this will be an intense year with the leaders in both the Children’s Hunter and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions having well over 1,000 points accumulated already. Molly Cole of Lutherville, MD, and Masquerade lead in the Children’s Hunter division with 1,915 points. Jessica Paterno of Boca Raton, FL, and Magical Moments, follow in the standings with 1,542 points.
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2nd May 2003
APHA

Gist Silversmiths pledges continued support of APHA programs and services

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and Gist Silversmiths, whose roots are both firmly planted in family, will continue their strong relationship through Gist's renewed partnership with the Association.
Gist Silversmiths, of Placerville, Calif., has had a relationship with APHA for more than a decade, one that will continue through the association's use of the company's quality products. During this time, Gist has provided handcrafted buckles to outstanding APHA members, as well as providing custom-made Paint Horse jewelry for sale through the association's General Store.
Gist provided buckles for hundreds of award-winning APHA members, as well as sharing APHA's emphasis on family. Gist Silversmiths is a family-owned and family-run business. Family members own Paint Horses, are APHA members and support the growth of the breed.
"We greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue our long-standing partnership with APHA," said Jennifer Folsom, vice president/general manager of Gist. "Gist is committed to offering APHA the best in design, craftsmanship and customer service at an affordable price for the association's numerous programs."
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2nd May 2003
$25,000 Equitation Championship adds "twist"to traditional competition
Del Mar Fairgrounds --- The $25,000 Equitation Championship on Friday, May 2, during the Del Mar National Horse Show at the Del Mar Equestrian Center, is an equestrian event that is truly unique to this horse show.
While Equitation classes are not new, the $25,000 Del Mar Equitation Championship sponsored by Monarch International, puts several new "twists"on an old tradition.
Simply put, Equitation is defined at as the act and art of riding on horseback.
At most horse shows, equitation classes are for Junior or Amateur riders; however, the $25,000 Equitation Championship is open to all riders, including professionals and trainers.
"It is unusual where junior and amateur riders have the opportunity to compete against the top professionals, particularly in this type of format," said Dale Harvey, Manager of the Hunter/Jumper week competitions at the Del Mar National, and creator of the $25,000 Equitation Championship.
The competition is over an advanced equitation course, 3'6", and is based on points awarded by judges. Each rider is graded on position, accuracy in executing the course, and riding style and technique.
The Equitation Championship will be held over four rounds of competition.
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2nd May 2003
CSI** Sachendorf (Aut) 9 - 11 May 2003
In addition to Sara and Emma Rust, Kelly-Ann Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX, Gillian Bilbrough From Whitchurch, SHROPSHIRE have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
2nd May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Modena Italy 1-3 May 2003
Class N.1 - 7 Anni Fasi cons. (Fei Reg. 274.5.2 )
1) Harry Smolders (NED) Oliver Q, 2) Willi Melliger (SUI) Caliente ll, 3) Massimo Grossato (ITA) Rajane
Class N.2 - 1.35 Mista (Fei Reg. 238.2.2
1) Maria Gretzer (SWE) Zixten, 2) Albert Zoer (NED) Lowina, 3) Cameron Hanley (IRL) Rodrigo III
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2nd May 2003
CSI-V-B La Baule (Fra) 16 - 18 May 2003
Liz Howes From Tenterden, KENT, Anne Berry From Folkestone, KENT, Lynda Birke From Market Drayton, SHROPSHIRE, Charlotte Steel From LONDON, Laureen Evans From Ramsgate, KENT, Henk Mindermann From Haywards Heath, WEST SUSSEX, Martin Dawes From Warrington, CHESHIRE, Rachel Hendry From Lower Heyford, OXON have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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2nd May 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CCI**** BADMINTON GREAT BRITAIN 1-4 MAY 2003, CSIO LA BAULE FRANCE 8-11 MAY 2003, CSI*** CERVIA`ITALY 9-11 MAY 2003, CCI* CHEPSTOW GREAT BRITAIN 14-18 MAY 2003, CCI*** COMPIEGNE FRANCE 15-18 MAY 2003 , CSIO LINZ AUSTRIA 15-18 MAY 2003, CSI** MOORSELE BELGIUM 16-18 MAY 2003, CIC** FLOORS CASTLE SCOTLAND 17-18 MAY 2003
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2nd May 2003
CSI*** Eindhoven (Ned) 29 May - 1 June 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
2nd May 2003
SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE HORSEWATCH
Stolen between 26/27th April from High Green, Sheffield
Stolen from Hatfield, Doncaster, between 21/22nd April 2003
Stolen from Cubley on the 16th April 2003
Stolen from Ward Green, Barnsley between the 13/14th April 2003

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2nd May 2003
CSIO*** Pontedera (Ita) 16 - 18 May 2003
Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARKS, Lisa Hales From Shifnal, SHROPSHIRE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
1st May 2003
Champions Confirm Belfast International Horse Show
The Irish European Champions, Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, Kevin Babington and Dermott Lennon (current World Show Jumping Champion) have confirmed their participation at the event. Cian O'Connor, Francis Connors, 2002 Kerrygold National Champion, and Conor Swail have also joined the prestigious line up, along with British riders Michael and John Whitaker, Robert Smith, Di Lampard and Nick Skelton. The first of the European riders to confirm attendance at the event is Switzerland show jumper, Marcus Fuchs. Equiworld.Com will bring you further information on European contenders as confirmed.
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1st May 2003
Special Olympics World Games 2003 Equestrian Update
The countdown to the Special Olympics World Games 2003 is now entering its final stages. The venue is nearing completion, the volunteer team is in place and going through the final stages of their job specific training whilst the athletes are in full training and preparation, eagerly awaiting the games. For the athletes this is their 'finale', having been selected to represent their delegations following local, regional, and national games since the last World Games held in the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex, North Carolina, four years ago. For the athletes, the volunteers and the games organising committee there is only one chance to deliver a unique and unparallel sporting and cultural experience for all involved.
The goodwill expressed in the locality and equestrian world is now being realised and is truly amazing to witness its evolution. This feeling of goodwill will be carried out throughout the country during the games and will make the occasion a highlight of many people's lives. Indeed for Kill International Equestrian Centre this will be the first competition to be held in the purpose built venue.
The equestrian events in Kill will see 138 athletes from 22 delegations taking part. Each athlete may enter into three competitions, which include English equitation, working trails, dressage, prix caprilli and gymkhana games. The matching process for the athletes will take place on 19th, 21st, 22nd June. At this point the coaches have the opportunity to select from a pool of horses the most suitable for their athlete. This is then followed on 23rd June by the divisioning process which grades the athletes into various competition levels of ability before competition begins on Tuesday 24th June. At this point it is envisaged that competition will run through the week until Saturday lunchtime.
Award ceremonies will take place at lunch after the morning session and in the late afternoon after the afternoon competitions are complete. Throughout the week there will be various demonstrations and entertainment during the mid-day interval whilst following the Friday afternoon awards ceremony there will be a parade of all the volunteer horses in way of acknowledgement to the horses and their horse owners for their valued contribution.
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1st May 2003
Jozsef Turi
1956 - 2003
Joe Turi has very sadly lost his battle for life in a Hungarian hospital earlier today, following a motorbike crash over the Easter weekend.
Joe, born in Hungary in 1956 joined a troupe of Hungarian Czikos trick riders at the age of 16. Despite his father wanting him to become an electrician, Joe served an apprenticeship at a Hungarian State Stud Farm. He first came to England in 1973 with the Czikos riders and duly decided not to return. He was later granted political asylum and he began working in a riding school before moving on to work in a dealing yard and later in a National Hunt yard. But it was whilst working for the shavings company, General Chip that he first met Michael Bullman. Michael duly bought him some show jumping horses to ride in 1975 and this sparked not only Joe's illustrious career in international show jumping but also a very special partnership between him and Michael.
During his career Joe made 34 British Nations Cup appearances between 1986 and 1995 with his string of top quality horses such as Kruger, Waysider and the world renowned, Vital with whom he amassed over £150,000 winnings. Joe partnered Vital to many wins including a Team Gold Medal at the 1989 European Championships in Rotterdam and what Joe described as his favourite win, the Hickstead Derby in 1990. The combination also represented Great Britain in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where the team finished in 6th place.
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1st May 2003
British Riding Clubs' National Novice Indoor Show Jumping Championships 2003
Sponsored by Natural Animal Feeds
The finals of the NAF sponsored Novice Indoor Show Jumping Championship took place on 26 and 27 April and provided an excellent show case for BRC's talented novice riders. The course, designed and built by Nick Staines, ensured a suitable challenge for the finalists. The senior day fielded 34 qualifying teams and 24 junior teams on the Sunday.
Tracey Lloyd, PR & Marketing Manager for Natural Animal Feeds said "NAF are delighted to sponsor this extremely popular Championship. It's wonderful to be involved in a competition like this, run specifically for novice riders where the facilities and organisation are first class. The number of teams competing were up on last year, and while the competition was hot, the sense of team spirit was particularly apparent, creating a great atmosphere throughout the whole weekend. I'm sure everyone, horses, riders and support teams, had a really great time which makes it all the more rewarding for NAF to sponsor the competition."
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1st May 2003

BEF Makes The Grade For Racial Equality
The British Equestrian Federation has achieved the Preliminary Level of the Sporting Equals' Achieving Racial Equality - A Standard For Sport.
All Members of the BEF signed up to the Racial Equality Charter for Sport last year, pledging to work towards objectives to promote racial equality within the equestrian sports.
The British Horse Society and Pat Gaywood, the BHS Development Officer, led the work towards achieving this award.

Andrew Finding, BEF Chief Executive, said; "We thank the BHS and Pat Gaywood, on behalf of all members of the BEF, for their work and contribution to the success in getting to this stage of approval for the entire Federation. I know this has taken a great deal of effort for Pat personally and for the BHS as a whole, we are most grateful to them."
"We are especially pleased that Sporting Equals highlighted the collective work of the Federation - the BEF's Member Bodies are united in their wish to promote equality in our sport and open the doors for more people to participate."
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1st May 2003

Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber Selected to 2003 Pan American Games Team
Gladstone, NJ—April 30, 2003—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, and Royal Kaliber have been selected for one of the four positions on the show jumping team that will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. This marks the first time since 1990 that a place on a U.S. show jumping team competing at a continental or world championship or Olympic Games will be held by someone chosen subjectively.

“This is a historic moment for our sport,” said United States Equestrian Team (USET) President Armand Leone Jr. “Subjective selections have worked extremely well in eventing and recent years have seen increasing calls for some subjectivity in our show jumping selection process as well. Last year, we had an option for a subjective choice for our World Equestrian Games jumping team, and although the Selectors chose not to use the option, our Show Jumping Committee felt strongly that this option will help us field stronger teams. Given Royal Kaliber’s incredible success over the last two years, it is clearly in our country’s best interest to put him on the team.”
The Pan American Games selection process, developed initially by the Active Riders Committee and approved by the Executive Committees of both the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian (USAE), allows “Selectors to nominate one or two horse-and-rider combinations to the team before the conclusion of the trials.”
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1st May 2003

Opening Day At Garden State Horse Show
AUGUSTA, NJ—April 30, 2003— It was a strong start for Amanda Steege-Herrera and Pam Wildman’s Denmark. Steege-Herrera and Denmark topped a field of 31 horses to win the first low hunter class on the opening day of the Garden State Horse Show held April 30-May 4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
Steege-Herrera also piloted Denmark to a blue ribbon in the green working hunter under saddle. The low and green working hunter divisions will conclude on Thursday with the final classes and the pinning of the championship coolers.
The Garden State Horse Show already has over 1000 horses entered this year and the entries for the $50,000 King Shavings/USGPL Garden State Grand Prix are rolling in. The grand prix is set to run on Saturday, May 3, at 1:30pm.
Other past winners who are expected to compete include 2001 winner Nona Garson of Lebanon, NJ; 1997 winner Mark Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ; and two-time winner of the class, Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ. Kappler captured the title in 1993 and 1998 riding Ike and Solo, respectively.
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1st May 2003
Dressage at Devon Announces North American Breeders Futurity Championship With Prize Money in Excess of $20,000
Classes will take place at the 29th annual Dressage at Devon, September 23 - 29
Devon, PA—April 30, 2003—Dressage at Devon 2003 will be the venue for the first ever North American Breeders Futurity Championship Finals for Five and Six Year Old Horses. The new classes are the result of a collaboration between the Dressage at Devon committee, the ISR Oldenburg Registry and the Federation of North American Sport Horse Registries (FNASHR). A warm-up class will be held on Thursday, September 25, offering a fitting bridge between the Breed Division of the show, which ends on Thursday, and the Performance Division of the show, which begins on Friday. The championship finals will be held midday on Friday, September 26
The classes were developed to put more emphasis on the training of young horses in North America, where many feel young horses are not supported. “The horses bred in North America are now up to the quality of those in Europe,” says Ekkehard L. Brysch, President of the ISR Oldenburg Registry North America and one of the instigators of this program. “This raises the question of why these young horses are not as successful as they are in Europe. Why are we not making horses here instead of importing them from Europe?”
In the late 1990s a series of measures were developed to help encourage training and competing of young horses to help breeders sell their progeny. While there are more classes for young horses now than in the recent past, they are often not as well attended as they could be. The ISR Oldenburg N.A. and the FNASHR are making efforts to make these classes more attractive for trainers, riders and owners to compete in. One of the incentives being used is money.
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1st May 2003
Farewell, Beloved Rym and Ila
Rym, beloved vaulting horse and friend of many, was humanely euthanized on Friday, April 4th at the University of California at Davis. Although he has passed in body from our presence, his spirit will remain in the hearts of those who knew him and enjoyed competing on such a fine vaulting horse.
After extensive unsuccessful treatments and procedures attempting to correct and ease Rym's physical problems, veterinarians determined that nothing could be done to avert those problems. With his groom, Zenon Quintana, beside him, Rym passed on.
Rym led a full life from his birth in Poland in 1981 until his passing in Davis, CA recently. During his 22 years, this Polish thoroughbred was able to travel all over the world and was at one point a citizen of both Poland and Germany, and later of the United States. He is fondly remembered by all those who vaulted on him, including Jeannette Boxall, a former world champion vaulter, and Mari Inoye, a recent vaulting champion.
Jeannette remembers a story that describes Rym's personality and love for children. In Germany in 1990, Rym was loose in an arena with children who were playing soccer. He watched them and walked among them until he too had the opportunity to nose and kick the ball. It turns out that Rym was good at two sports in his lifetime.
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1st May 2003
Equestrians Compete in Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix
DEL MAR Fairgrounds --- An expected field of more than 60 of the finest jumper horses and riders on the West Coast will compete in the $25,000 Lexus Grand Prix, at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.
The $25,000 Lexus Grand Prix is a qualifying event designed to eliminate all but the top contenders who'll move on to a final Grand Prix competition. The 30 best horses and riders who negotiate the Lexus course cleanly and within the allowed time will go on to compete in the Del Mar National Horse Show's premier event, the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an AGA event on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m., in Del Mar Arena.
In previous years, the Lexus Grand Prix has attracted in excess of 60 entries, making it the largest field of Grand Prix riders in California and the most competitive class on the Pacific Coast Circuit. Spectators will be treated to Olympic-caliber show jumping in this highly competitive class.
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1st May 2003

Bruce ‘Buck’ Davidson Jr. Named USET Athlete of the Month for April 2003
Gladstone, NJ—April 30, 2003-- Bruce ‘Buck’ Davidson Jr. of Unionville, PA, was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for April after he won the USET Pinnacle Trophy emblematic of the USET Four Star Championship held at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer CCI****, April 24-27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Davidson won the Championship as the top American finisher in the CCI**** with a fourth-place finish overall, behind three riders from Great Britain, aboard Mystic Mike, a 10-year-old American thoroughbred gelding bred by owner Janis Smith.
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1st May 2003

Riding For A Fall
Report reveals crisis at the heart of horseracing
Modern race horses are subjected to such extreme patterns of in-breeding, training and competition that their fundamental well-being is under threat, and with it the very foundations of the racing industry.
The findings are contained in a major new report by Animal Aid, based on a comprehensive analysis of industry data, reports in scientific journals and commentaries by leading racing insiders.
Riding For A Fall: the genetic time bomb at the heart of racing is published to mark Horse Racing Awareness Week, the national campaign group's initiative, timed to coincide with the running of the Grand National.
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1st May 2003
USA Equestrian
U.S. Vaulter Wins Women's Division In Slovakia
Mari Inouye, from Palo Alto, California, competing for Sundance Vaulters, won the women’s competition held Sunday, April 27, at CVI** Nitra, Slovakia, on Scarletto Sun (Sonnenstrahl x Simone) a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Phoebe H. Cooke of Woodside, CA. Having won both rounds, Inouye’s overall score was 7.913. Scarletto Sun won the best horse award.
“Mari’s performances wowed the audience with their grace and seemingly effortless qualities”. Her Kur was a great end to the competition as the audience filled the stands to watch her move around the top of Scarletto, seeming not to touch his back.” commented Candace Howe, San Diego, California who served as Chef d’Equipe.
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1st May 2003
Hunter/Jumper equestrians fill Del Mar Arena for final week of competitions
Del Mar Fairgrounds (April 30, 2003) -- The Del Mar National Horse Show begins is final week of competitions yesterday, with more than 700 horses and riders vying for the show's top money events during Hunter/Jumper Week.
Hunter/Jumper week offers more than $125,000 in prize money, during three "premier"evenings of competitions. They include: the Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix on Thursday, May 1; the $25,000 Del Mar National Open Equitation Championship sponsored by Monarch International on Friday, May 2; and the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar sponsored by Budweiser - an American Grand Prix Association even on Saturday, May 3. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Del Mar Arena at the Fairgrounds Equestrian Center.
The Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix is a qualifying competition for the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar. Spectators will be treated to Olympic-caliber show jumping in this highly competitive class. As many as 60 horse and rider could compete in this elimination event. The top 30 teams will go on to compete in Saturday's Grand Prix of Del Mar.
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1st May 2003
CSIO***** La Baule (Fra) Super League Event
8 - 11 May 2003
Mark Armstrong From Bordon, HANTS, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE, Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND,
Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS TEAM MANAGER DEREK RICKETTS from Bicester, OXON

The Grand Prix will take place on Friday 9th May and the Nations Cup Competition on Sunday 11th May 2003.
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1st May 2003
CSIO**** Linz (Aut)
15 - 18 May 2003
Jamie Wingrave From Buxton, DERBYSHIRE, Paul Barker From Northallerton, NORTH YORKS, Alex Rident Based in Saint Valery en Caux, FRANCE, Corinne Collins From Crewe, CHESHIRE
The Nations Cup competition will take place on Friday 16th May and the Grand Prix on Sunday 18th May 2003.
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1st May 2003
CSI** Moorsele (Bel) 16 - 18 May 2003
Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
30th April 2003
Funnell Win Highlighted 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer CCI ****
Lexington, KY—April 29, 2003—In her first visit to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer, April 24-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell enjoyed a victory she will never forget.
Funnell, 33, took the lead following the conclusion of the opening phase of dressage, when the two-time European Champion and her mount, Primmore’s Pride, topped the 55-horse starting field with a score of 38.6 penalty points. Funnell and her mount, a 10-year-old English thoroughbred gelding whom she has developed since his owners, Roger and Denise Lincoln, purchased him as a yearling, never slipped from the top of the leader board for the remainder of the event; although a slow, cautious ride in the concluding jumping phase nearly cost them the win!
By posting one of 16 clear cross-country rounds over the course set by Michael Etherington-Smith, Funnell added no penalty points to her dressage score in the second phase of the three-day event. Sitting on top of the standings going into the final phase of competition, Funnell rode last in the order. She jumped all of the obstacles cleanly, but incurred six time faults to post a final score of 44.6 penalty points, the exact same score turned in by her countryman Polly Stockton on Tangleman. As the crowd of over 22,000 and a live television audience in Europe held its collective breath, announcer Nigel Casserly announced that Funnel had held on for the win based on her having a better score than Stockton in the cross country phase.
“Thank goodness I had a good day yesterday because I have never been so embarrassed by a show jumping ride in my life,” Funnell said after realizing she had exceeded the time allowed for the jumping phase by such a large margin. “I was trying to do everything to leave the jumps up and I failed to pay attention to the clock! Somehow, the gods were with me!”
Funnell’s victory earned her $60,000 in prize money in addition to a Rolex timepiece. She also took the first step toward winning the $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley Four Star events in succession.
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30th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Athlete Elections To The United States Equestrian Federation Board Of Directors To Commence
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ - April 29, 2003 - Lori Rawls, Executive Director of USA Equestrian and Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director of the United States Equestrian Team, announced today that the process to elect Eligible Athletes to the new United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors will commence this month.
As required by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the newly formed Federation must include at least 20% representation by eligible Athletes on its Board and certain committees. In order to conduct elections properly, the Federation has developed and maintained a database of eligible athletes in two categories: those athletes who qualify to be elected per the USOC definition, and those who qualify to vote per the USOC definition.
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30th April 2003

Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr. Wins USET Four Star Pinnacle Trophy
Gladstone, NJ—April 28, 2003— Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr. of Unionville, PA, won the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Pinnacle Trophy emblematic of the USET Four Star Championship held at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer CCI****, April 24-27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Davidson won the Championship as the top American finisher in the CCI**** with a fourth-place finish overall, behind three riders from Great Britain, aboard Mystic Mike, a 10-year-old American thoroughbred gelding bred by owner Janis Smith.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Davidson, the son of five-time Olympian and two-time World Champion Bruce Davidson. “Every time I go into the start box with ‘Mikey,’ I think about breaking him as a two-year-old. To have him do this well is a dream come true.”
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30th April 2003
Irish Eventers and Showjumpers on form in the US and Europe
The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (April 24th to 28th 2003) finished with two Irish Sport Horses in the top five final placings. Moon Man (ISH), ridden by William Fox-Pitt (GBR), took third place after picking up four faults in the showjumping phase. Shear L’Eau (ISH), ridden by Leslie Law (GBR), finished fifth. In total, eleven Irish bred horses competed in Lexington making up one fifth of the fifty six competitors there.
In Showjumping Irish Sport Horses competed at the Sheffield (GB) CSI **** and the Vittel (FRA) CSI*** last weekend. In Sheffield, Royal Charmer (ISH) ridden by Markus Fuchs (SUI) won the opening Thursdays 1m35 Welcome Stakes class. Fridays Sheffield Masters 1m50 class saw Abbervail Dream (ISH) and Di Lampard (GBR) take second place.
In Vittel Conor Swail (IRE) rode Windgate Sensation (ISH) to win the Prix Socapa 7 year old class. Finally in Italy, at Pratoni De Vivaro, the Italian National Championship final was won by Rosa VIII, ridden by Vincenzo Chimirri (ITA).
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30th April 2003
USA Equestrian
U.S. Riders Win Silver At The IRT Pacific Challenge
Two dressage riders representing the US, Christine Beal of Fallbrook, CA, and Tina Hayden of Cave Creek, AZ, were the finalists selected to compete at the IRT Young Rider Pacific Challenge held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Center in Australia on April 23 and 24. Kathy Connelly of Wellington, FL, served as the Chef d’Equipe. Riders from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and the United States competed on borrowed horses.
Hayden, a gold medal team member and individual silver medallist at the 2001 North American Junior Dressage Championship and Beal, Silver Medal Team member a the 2002 North American Young Rider Championship, finished in second place in the team competition behind Australia and followed by New Zealand. Overall, Beal finished in 5th and Hayden in 6th place. “Tina and Christina did a wonderful job acclimating to their borrowed horses. They rode well and represented the U.S. very well. I was very proud of them and they were a joy to coach,” commented Connelly.
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30th April 2003

Athlete Elections To The United States Equestrian Federation Board Of Directors To Commence
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ - April 29, 2003 - Lori Rawls, Executive Director of USA Equestrian and Bonnie B. Jenkins, Executive Director of the United States Equestrian Team (USET), announced today that the process to elect Eligible Athletes to the new United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors will commence this month.
As required by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the newly formed Federation must include at least 20% representation by eligible Athletes on its Board and certain committees. In order to conduct elections properly, the Federation has developed and maintained a database of eligible athletes in two categories: those athletes who qualify to be elected per the USOC definition, and those who qualify to vote per the USOC definition. Please click here for further details

30th April 2003
Steve Haskin and Skip Dickstein Win Preakness Media Awards
LEXINGTON, KY – Blood-Horse Publications is pleased to announce that two editorial contributors of The Blood-Horse News, the company’s flagship publication, have been announced as winners of this year’s Preakness media awards. The prestigious Old Hilltop Award will be presented to Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, for his many years of distinguished coverage of racing. In addition, photographer Skip Dickstein, a longtime contributor to the magazine's major race coverage, is the winner of the Nikon Preakness Photo Award. Dickstein captured War Emblem and jockey Victor Espinoza’s focus on the finish line en route to their victory in the 2002 Preakness.
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29th April 2003
Polo-playing pachyderms pick up prize
Thailand’s annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament organised by the Anantara Resort and Spa each September in the royal seaside resort of Hua Hin has today been awarded ‘Best Event’ from the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association.
Christopher Stafford, event organiser and Anantara general manager, said, “This award has to be dedicated to all the people who have made elephant polo a reality. It goes not only to all the creative and dedicated people in our Anantara team but also to the World Elephant Polo Association for all their help and support, all the players who have taken part and their sponsors, the National Elephant Institute for their expertise and the Hua Hin elephant village.”
This year will be the third year of the tournament, which sees 10 international teams compete for the coveted King’s Cup. The event, which will take place from 16th - 21st September, will see teams from Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia, UK, Germany, India and long-term sponsors Chivas Regal meet in Hua Hin.
Last year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament raised one million Baht for the National Elephant Institute and organisers are hoping to raise 1.5 million Baht this year.
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29th April 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society launches success campaign at Badminton
The British Horse Society will launch a campaign to highlight its successes at Badminton (1-4 May) with new banners and leaflets on the BHS stand (No: 106). Entitled 'So what did the British Horse Society do last year?' the banners will announce the Society's achievements in 2002 supported by leaflets giving more detail and an opportunity to join the equestrian world's largest membership organisation at a rate that stays the same as last year (Gold membership).
Chief Executive Kay Driver explained, "Despite a great deal of press coverage of our work we are often asked the question. 'What does the BHS do?' and we are addressing that question with these banners and leaflets. The work achieved by the BHS on behalf of every horse and rider is phenomenal, too much to include in one leaflet so we have focused on our successes of last year, fully reflecting the many areas of horse welfare.
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29th April 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society to award Jubilee Medal at Badminton
The British Horse Society will present one of its valued Golden Jubilee Medals to Mrs Pamela Gormley at the BHS stand at 12 noon on Saturday 3 May during the Badminton Horse Trials. The medals were struck in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee last year and are presented to mark special achievements.
Mrs Gormley, from Farnborough in Hampshire, was originally a member of the Institute of the Horse, transferring to the British Horse Society when it was set up in 1947, later becoming a Life Member. Since then she has been an active volunteer, spending a great deal of time ensuring a safe equestrian crossing over the A3 when it first became a dual carriageway, campaigning for safe off-road riding and supporting the cause of horse welfare in the fight against ragwort. She was also District Commissioner for the Hursley Hambledon Branch of the Pony Club for fifteen years.
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29th April 2003

Hampton Classic Horse Show 2003
Fact Sheet
WHAT:
The 28th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
WHEN:August 23 [TENTATIVE, pending permit approval] LONG ISLAND WINE CLASSIC, Saturday, August 23
New Kick-off Party produced in conjunction with L.I. Wine Council to promote L.I. Wines and area chefs.
EQUESTRIAN EVENTS August 24 – August 31, 2003 (No Competition Monday, August 25) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (approximately)
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28th April 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Bureau Meeting in Madrid
The FEI Bureau just held its spring meeting on 26 and 27 April 2003 in Madrid (ESP) on the invitation of the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation and the City Council of Madrid.
Further to the cancellation of the 2003 General Assembly, the Bureau took a number of important decisions which could not be delayed until next year. The following items were discussed, decided and/or will be referred to at the FEI 2004 General Assembly.

Endurance horse fatalities at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
The Judicial Committee of the FEI has now considered all the facts made available to it by the extensive investigations and an official enquiry into the deaths of the two Endurance horses during the WEG 2002. The cause of death in both horses a multi-systemic failure which appears to have been associated with fatigue and exhaustion. The Judicial Committee concluded that a multiplicity of factors contributed, directly or indirectly, to the fatalities and accordingly, no assessment of conduct was carried out and no individual was sanctioned.
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28th April 2003
O'Connor Takes Pole Position In Kerrygold Grand Prix League
Twenty-three year old Kildare rider Cian O'Connor jumped to the top of the Kerrygold Grand Prix league rankings after a win at the Louth County Show in Dundalk today (Sunday).
Riding his 2002 Kerrygold Puissance winner <Irish Independent Casper>, O'Connor came home clear, and more than a second faster than runner-up Clem McMahon on the May Scott-owned <Gelvin Clover>, while the Army Equitation School's Lieutenant Shane Carey brought <Lismakin> into Sixth with one pole down - a repeat of his performance at Coilog last week.
O'Connor, who kicks off his European season at Maubeuge in France next week, said: <It was a very well-built technical track by Tom Holden, and it was a good preparation for me as I head off abroad. The standard was high, and I was delighted to win.>
O'Connor also saw his former ride, Castlemartin Stud's <Normandy>, take Fourth Place today, ridden by his protegé, Dan Walsh.
There were eight riders through to the jump-off at Dundalk.
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28th April 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Sheffield Great Britain 24-27 April 2003
Class Number 10 - The Puissance
=1) TEDDY BEAR; ANDREW HAMILTON (GBR), =1) AMANDA LEAR; SCOTT SMITH (GBR), =1) DECAPO; MICHAEL WHITAKER (GBR), =1) LACTIC TWO; JOHN WHITAKER (GBR), 5) CORRADO; PETER CHARLES (IRL)
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27th April 2003
The Marwari Horse
The call thunders down the ages through the sands of time and fades into the desert air, a haunting remembrance to an era of chivalry and valour forever lost yet indelibly stamped into the spirit of Rajasthan. To know and love the Marwari is to re-enter the magical realm of our childhood, a world of castles and heroes, intrigues and passion, dark deeds and mythical horses.
To ride a Marwari is to realise new levels of joy that demand in turn, a receptive stillness for its appreciation. It is to view the way ahead through a pair of perfectly curved ears, gateway to the heart of India's spiritual and ceremonial heritage.
The Marwari horse today is descended from the splendid war horses that served the ruling families and warriors of feudal India, throughout and
from the beginning of that country's history. Their status was unparalleled, as they were declared divine and superior to all men, including those of Royal blood. Accordingly, only the Rajput families and the Kshatriyas - warrior caste were permitted to mount these exalted animals.
The Marwari is a gaited horse with several gears. Other than posting, cantering and galloping, he engages in the REVAAL. This smooth and comfortable gait with minimal vertical movement is used in the desert to cover long distances in great comfort. The unique characteristic of this breed are the remarkable curled ears which form a perfect arch when pricked forward.
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27th April 2003
British Domination Continues as Pippa Funnell Maintains the Lead at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 24–27
Lexington, KY—April 26, 2003—There was no change at the top of the standings as Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell held onto her lead at the 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer, held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
By posting one of 16 clear cross-country rounds over the test set by Michael Etherington-Smith, Funnell, 33, added no penalty points to her dressage score of 38.6 following the second phase of the three-day event.
“Since my watched stopped while I was out on course, it was a fluke, really, that I made the time,” laughed Funnell, a two-time European Champion. “The whole lay-out of the Park really allows the competitors to go out and have good run, the course just keeps flowing.”
Funnell and Primmore’s Pride, a 10-year-old English thoroughbred gelding owned by Roger and Denise Lincoln, will led the remaining 45 of the 55-horse starting field into Sunday’s final phase of stadium jumping.
Countryman William Fox-Pitt remains hot on her heels, having also posted a clear round to keep his score at 42.6 with Moon Man.
“My horse was fantastic, he is a very easy horse to ride,” commented Fox-Pitt, 34, who has been riding the Irish-bred Moon Man since the horse was five.
Having finished fourth last year at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fox-Pitt will be looking to improve his placing tomorrow during the final phase of stadium jumping.
A change in the standings did occur when Amy Tryon of Redmond, WA, who had been in third position, added 52 penalties to her dressage score with My Beau to drop out of contention. British competitor Polly Stockton, who had been lying fourth, moved up into the top three with a two-day total of 43.4 penalty points after turning in a clear round with Tangleman.
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27th April 2003
Swail Takes First Irish Win At Vittel
Malahide-based Conor Swail took the first Irish victory of the weekend at the three-star CSI at Vittel, France today (Saturday), winning the Prix Socapa with the Edward Cawley-owned <Windgates Sensation>. The competition was a class for 7 yr-old horses. Swail later took Eighth in the Prix du Cre de Lorraine with another Cawley horse, <Windgates Mystique>.
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27th April 2003

Half-Arabian Stallions Allowed to Show in Sport Horse In-Hand Classes
USA Equestrian approved a rule that allows Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian colts and stallions to compete in sport horse in-hand classes. This is in addition to a previous ruling that allows Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian colts/stallions to compete in performance classes and weanling and yearling breeding/halter classes for colts.
As a result, the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has included Half-Arabian stallions in two in-hand classes at the upcoming 2003 Sport Horse Nationals. The 2003 Sport Horse Nationals will be held at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia, on September 17-21. In 2004, the show will be held on September 15-19 at the Murieta Equine Complex in Rancho Murieta just 20 miles from Sacramento, California.
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27th April 2003
Celebrate The Horse! Show
Susan Harris’ famous Visible Horse Demo & Bob Jeffreys’ The Partnership Show featuring Suzanne Sheppard
Anatomy in motion-see Susan lunge a horse upon which she’s painted the muscular & skeletal systems, learn how to speak to horses with body language, and watch a rider stay in balance while riding a bridle-less horse … blindfolded!
Enjoy a unique evening of equine family fun with vendors, food and prizes!
Help support Winslow Therapeutic Riding, Running Fox Pony Club, & Mid-Hudson Horse Trails Association!

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27th April 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Sheffield Great Britain 24-27 April 2003
Class Number 6 - The Sheffield Masters
1) ITS MAGIC MAX; KEITH SHORE (GBR), 2) ABBERVAIL DREAM; DI LAMPARD (GBR), 3) LUIDAM; BILLY TWOMEY (IRL)
Class Number 7 - The Easter Egg Stakes
1) PANDUR; NICK SKELTON (GBR), 2) RAMIRO; JAIME GUERRA (MEX), 3) SPACE FLIGHT; STEIN ENDERSEN (NOR)
Class Number 8 - The Meadowhall Classic
1) CARMEN; JOHN WHITAKER (GBR), 2) ELISE; MARK ARMSTRONG (GBR), 3) CANTATE; HAUKE LUTHER (GER)
Class Number 9 - The Steel City Shield
1) ANASTASIA 111; BILLY TWOMEY (IRL), 2) LUCKY SKY; ROBERT SMITH (GBR), 3) ALBFUHREN’S RAMONUS; HELENA WEINBERG (GER)
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27th April 2003

Seven Companies Sponsor 2003 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals
Primedia Business Magazines and Media plus six other companies will sponsor the Sport Horse Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championship Show, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia, on September 17-21, 2003. It is the only national single breed competition focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines with 63 classes for Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses in sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper.
Primedia has partnered with Sport Horse Nationals with three of its publications as division sponsors. The Arabian Horse World is the Sport Horse Division Sponsor, Dressage Today is the Dressage Division Sponsor and Practical Horseman is the Hunter Classic Title Sponsor. As part of this sponsor partnership, AHA is receiving advertising in all three publications.
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