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Federation Equestre Internationale News


10th May 2003

All Change At The Royal!
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire: Royal Show organisers have announced changes across the Show's equine classes including the introduction of the equestrian circuit's biggest prize pot for its new supreme in-hand champion. The action starts on Sunday, June 29.
The introduction of the Royal Show's new day, a Sunday, means event organisers have had more flexibility this year to re-organise classes.Changes include scheduling of all ridden children's pony classes to take place on the more convenient weekend day and the integration of equine arena 2 into the showing programme, changing the ring's previous role from being show jumping-only.

Competitors and visitors will also notice the introduction of a number of classes including a ridden Irish Draught and a new agricultural heavy horse turnout class to compliment the already popular singles turnouts.
One of the highlights of the show will be new championships carrying substantial prize money. These include the mountain & moorland, heavy horse, in-hand light horse and supreme in-hand horse or pony championships - the latter, sponsored by HorseHage, carrying a hefty top prize of £1000 - the season's biggest single prize on the in-hand showing circuit.
Horse of the Year (HOYS) qualifiers for the ridden mountain and moorland will also be taking place, and moving from the Royal from HOYS, will be the SEIB/BEF young horse evaluation series finals.
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10th May 2003
Horses Injured in Tornado Receive First Aid; Other Necessities Needed
Marionville, Missouri, May 9, 2003— In the wake of Sunday’s tornado that destroyed homes, buildings and lives in the Marionville, Missouri area, many horses have been left wounded and without the necessities for survival. Several horses were killed or had to be euthanized from injuries sustained when one of the worst tornadoes in Missouri history ripped through the state. The horses that survived faced injuries and loss of shelter, food and water.
Among the hardest hit was Stokely Stables, outside of Battlefield, Missouri. More than 30 horses were injured when the barns were destroyed. “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” said JoAnn Hood, owner of Home and Livestock One Stop in Marionville. “There is such a widespread area of destruction. Fences are gone; feed is gone and people need help.” At the suggestion of a friend, Ms. Hood began to contact manufacturers of horse supply products to send first aid supplies, halters, lead ropes, water troughs, buckets, etc.
Aloe Advantage was the first company to donate supplies for the victims. Cases of their first aid products, the 3 Step Wound Care System™, were shipped to Marionville to be used to treat the numerous cuts, scrapes and gashes caused by flying debris. “As horse owners ourselves we can only imagine what it must be like to lose everything and have your treasured horses injured,” said Kerry Glakeler, President of Aloe Advantage. “We are not that far from the devastation, so we wanted to do whatever we could to help the horses and give a little comfort to the owners.”
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10th May 2003
PolyPads announce sponsorship of talented young show jumper
PI Associates/PolyPads®, manufacturers of the UK’s best-known range of back and leg protection for horses, has announced its sponsorship of one of Britain’s leading junior show jumpers, Sophie Broome.
Long-time sponsor of event rider Mary King, PI Associates/PolyPads® is also keen to provide practical support for equestrian sport’s stars of tomorrow and Sophie presents the ideal opportunity.
Niece of both David Broome and Liz Edgar, 15-year-old Sophie rode successfully in the Junior European Championship Team last year and is a very likely contender again this year with her distinctive horse Spottie Dot Com
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10th May 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society's Royal President to open Tweed Trail in Scottish Borders
President of The British Horse Society, HRH The Princess Royal, will visit the Scottish Borders on Monday 19 May to officially open the first of the Tweed Trails across the south of Scotland. Her Royal Highness' visit is also part of the celebratory Borders Festival of the Horse
(17-25 May) organised by members of the BHS (Borders) Committee.
The Princess Royal will attend lunch where she will meet, among others, members of the BHS (Borders) Committee, representatives of the Southern Upland Partnership* and the sponsors and organisers of the Festival. Following the official opening of the Trail the Princess Royal will travel on to Selkirk where she will be introduced to dignitaries, meet some of the local children on their ponies and see a display of safety equipment for horses and riders which is being set up in conjunction with Lothian & Borders Police.
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10th May 2003
Show Jumping - Twomey Takes La Baule Grand Prix
WITH A MOUNTING degree of confidence, Irish riders at the Nations Cup show in La Baule, France, continue to rack up the major places in the events leading up to the Nations Cup Superleague competition on Sunday.
Tonight (Friday) Ireland's Billy Twomey won the prestigious La Baule Grand Prix, riding <Luidam>, while Robert Splaine and <Coolcorron Cool Diamond> took Fourth.
Irish riders Twomey, Splaine and Cian O'Connor have all now taken first places in the opening two days of La Baule, together with a reassuring number of other Top Five placings.
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10th May 2003
PERA
PERA News
The Olympic ranking table to date has been provisionally calculated, using CIC and CCI 3 and 4 star results from 1 Jan 2003 up to and including last week's competition at Badminton, and can be seen on the PERA website. Details of how the ranking is calculated are also available.
In addition, the 2003 PERA World Rider Ranking has been calculated, using these 3 and 4 star results, and has also been published on peraworld.com.Both can be seen under the 'World Rider Ranking' section.
Individual results tables for each competition showing the points awarded for each ranking will be added to the website in the next week.
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10th May 2003
Show Jumping - Irish Continue To Impress At La Baule
IRISH RIDERS MAINTAINED a strong presence at the Nations Cup event at La Baule, France today (Friday), with Robert Splaine winning the Grand Prix pre-qualifier on <Coolcorron Cool Diamond> this morning, and Billy Twomey on his new horse <Luidam> taking fourth in the class.
Later in the day, Cian O'Connor once again impressed on <ABC Land Liebe>, finishing third in the Speed Class with only fractions of a second between him and the leaders.
This evening, Splaine and Twomey compete in the La Baule Grand Prix.
The Nations Cup competition - first in the 2003 Superleague - takes place on Sunday.
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10th May 2003
Show Jumping - CSI*** Cervia Italy 9-11 May 2003
Competition No. 2, Table A Speed Class
1) Lt David O'Brien(IRL) Lismore Clover, 2) Ignace Phillips (BEL) Gaughin de Guildebaum, 3) Karim El Zoghby (EGY) Larissa
Class No.3 - 1.45 Fasi cons.
1) Juan Carlos Garcia (COL) Ihorn, 2) Bruno Garez (FRA) Just For You d'Hof Ten Bos, 3) Conor Swail (IRL) Windgates King Koal
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9th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Eventing World Cup News
The eighth qualifier of the FEI Eventing World Cup will take place on 10 and 11 May at the Chatsworth International One Day Event (GBR).
The Eventing World Cup is organised as a three-star level CIC (One Day Event) qualifiers and a three-star level Final. It is the culmination of a long-held ambition by the FEI to establish a series of linked CICs to promote the Eventing discipline across the world. As the International One Day format has been adopted for both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the series has an added relevance.

The response of both competitors and organisers has been enthusiastic. Some 154 riders from 20 countries have taken part in the qualifiers so far and 89 have earned points counting towards the final standings. The event organisers have also been firmly behind the project achieving an outstanding level of prize money for Eventing.
The Final will be held in Pau (FRA) in from 23 to 26 October. It will be contested by 45 of the world's top riders.
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9th May 2003
Belfast Horse Show News
Sheridan Promotions have confirmed that plans for the exciting new Belfast International Horse Show are well under way with the release this week of some of the biggest names in World Show Jumping, which coincides with the announcement that ticket sales for the event have been impressive.
Irish European Champions, Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, Kevin Babington and Dermott Lennon (current World Show Jumping Champion) have confirmed their wish to participate at the event. While Cian O’Connor, Conor Swail and British riders Michael and John Whitaker, Robert Smith, Di Lampard and Nick Skelton have also joined the prestigious line up. The first of the European riders to confirm attendance at the event is Switzerland’s, Marcus Fuchs, with others being released shortly.
In addition Mike Tucker, leading television commentator and Nick Brooks-Ward, from the fabulous Olympia Horse Show have been named as commentators for the Belfast event with other officials released reading like a who’s who in the world of celebrity and equestrian sport. Please click here for further details
9th May 2003
The 20th Anniversary of NSBA
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of NSBA. With NSBA having their very first Breeders Championship show this year we thought that documenting our 20 year history and sharing it at this inaugural event would be an excellent way to initiate the birth of our new show, the Breeders Championship .
We are gathering information to document NSBA's 20 year history to be put into film as we produce a video archiving the history of the Association.
If you have historical information, photographs or videos from the past or precious memories you are willing to share with us to document this event we would enjoy knowing about them. To enjoy a walk down memory lane, contact Kristina Hedrick at 5614 Boca Raton Blvd., Suite #267, Fort Worth, TX 76112, (817) 457-9362 or e-mail kristinahedrick@msn.com
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9th May 2003
NDSA Equestrian Seeks European Horses to Lease or Borrow for 2003 I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships for Riders With a Disability
Kingston, RI—May 8, 2003—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) is seeking quality, competitive dressage horses located in Europe for United States riders to lease or borrow for the 2003 International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships in Moorseles, Belgium, September 2-7.
For the first time in the history of the I.P.E.C., riders will be competing on leased or borrowed horses rather than having a draw for horses to be provided by the competition, as was previously done at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games and all past World Championships.
The horses will be needed for the Championships from August 23 – September 8. The U.S. National Team Coach and/or riders will also travel to assess and train on the horses during July or early August. The U.S. Team will pay all reasonable lease, agent and associated costs for the use of the horses and will provide for all travel/shipping and care during their use by the Team.
Additionally, an incentive bonus will be paid for all horses that carry a U.S. rider to an individual or team medal at the Championships.
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9th May 2003
Show Jumping - Irish Pair In Top Five At La Baule Jump-Off
IRISH RIDERS kept up the pressure at La Baule, France, this afternoon, following Cian O'Connor's win in this morning's speed class.
O'Connor again put in a sterling performance in the big jump-off class, the PRIX DIANE BARRIERE DESSEIGNE, leading the field until French and Italian aces Michel Robert and Bruno Chimirri shaved seconds off Irish Independent Casper's time of 44.40.
Billy Twomey on his new mount <Luidam>, took fifth in the same class, with another double clear and a time of 44.89.
The Nations Cup competition - first in the 2003 Superleague - takes place on Sunday. <<We're up against some very stiff opposition here, >> said 23 yr-old Kildare-born O'Connor after his jump-off class this evening, <<but our confidence is building. Nations Cup points on Sunday are essential to keep us in this race.>> Please click here for further details
9th May 2003

USET To Host Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction Presented by Glenmede at 13th Annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—May 8, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host a Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, presented by The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A., during the 13th annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, June 19-22 at the USET’s Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey.

The Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 pm under the tent at The Mansion on Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ. Proceeds from the Black Tie/Red, White & Blue attire event are to be used to help send our athletes to the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic in August.
Ann Romney, First Lady of Massachusetts and no stranger to equestrian sports, is Honorary Gala Chairman. Romney, wife of Salt Lake Organizing Committee President and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is a dressage rider and helped arrange dressage demonstrations during the Salt Lake City Olympic Games’ opening weekend. Her horse “Liberte” will be competing in the selection trials for the Pan American Games during the Festival.
The Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack will showcase four equestrian disciplines—dressage, show jumping, endurance, and reining. The nation’s best riders will be vying for USET Championships as well as the right to represent the U.S. in upcoming international competition.
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9th May 2003
Show Jumping - First Blood To O'Connor At La Baule
IRELAND'S 23 yr old Cian O'Connor made a firm statement of intent at the Nations Cup show at la Baule, France, this morning by taking the second class of the event with <ABC Land Liebe> in a time of 54.83.
With the first of the Samsung Nations Cup Superleague competitions looming on Sunday, the Irish need a boost to their confidence, and O'Connor's performance on the eight yr old bay mare so soon after the show started this morning should help settle nerves for Sunday's battle against the seven other top international teams involved.
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8th May 2003
Charles Owen Design Update: Getting Ahead
Advances in design and testing have enabled leading headwear manufacturer Charles Owen to offer selected models from their range in larger sizes.
The Charles Owen Hampton helmet and Showjumper xp are now available in sizes 7 5/8, 7 3/4, 7 7/8 and 8. The Charles Owen Pro helmet is currently awaiting certification from SEI to ASTM F1163 in sizes 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, and 6 and will shortly become available.
Director of Sales Marcus Yeomans is particularly delighted as he has never been able to fit into a helmet from any Manufacturer. The reason being that the length of his skull from front to back defeated the previous existing shell shapes. Now for the first time in his career he will be able to safely participate in the joys of Equestrianism, and become one of the new riding generation as sought after by the Jeep National Riding Festival.
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8th May 2003
Eventing’s only advanced coloured stallion stands at stud
Uptons Deli Circus, the only coloured, advanced eventing stallion registered with British Eventing is now standing at stud.
Registered and graded as an elite stallion with the Coloured Horse and Pony Society (CHAPS), 13-year-old, skewbald Circus has already achieved an impressive performance record in eventing and will be aimed at three star competitions this year. His excellent temperament and attitude enable him to combine stud duties and competition with ease. He and his rider Rachael Thompson are based with Richard Carruthers, who is chairman of the British Eventing Training Committee.
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8th May 2003
Ireland Opens Nations Cup Campaign On Sunday At La Baule, France
IRELAND’S FIRST show jumping squad to do battle in the 2003 Samsung Nations Cup Superleague appear at La Baule, France, on Sunday, May 11. They are: Peter Charles, Cian O’Connor, Robert Splaine, Billy Twomey
Ireland is one of only eight nations in the world to have qualified for the Superleague, and one of the prime venues will be the Dublin Horse Show on August 8, when the Aga Khan Trophy takes its place in the Superleague calendar.
But this weekend, the first Irish team will be up against the best riders and horses from France, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Italy, and Belgium in the long-awaited opening round of 2003.
Ireland took the League title in the 2000/2001 Nations Cup season, but this is the first time any team will have taken part in the elite Superleague.
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8th May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces 2003 Monarch International/USAE National Junior Hunter Championships
The 3rd annual Monarch International/USAE National Junior Hunter Championships East Coast will be held in Lexington, KY August 11-12, managed by Hugh Kincannon. The 2nd annual Monarch International/USAE National Junior Hunter Championships West Coast will be held in Del Mar, CA, July 22-23, managed by Stephanie Wheeler.
A horse must win a Championship or Reserve Championship in an “A” Rated Junior Hunter Division between July 2 and July 1. Sections held after July 1 will count toward next year's competition. The horse must be registered with the Federation at the time of the win for the Championship or Reserve Championship to count. Horses that are champion at the previous year’s competition may return without qualifying. The owner of record of the horse must be a member in good standing of the Federation, i.e.; horses must be shown in accordance with Articles 812 and 816 in order to be eligible to qualify. Please click here for further details
8th May 2003
Kelsey Huffman named USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals National Champion at Del Mar National
Del Mar Fairgrounds - Kelsey Huffman of Norco, CA, and her horse, Top Hickory, were among the biggest winners during Western Week at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.
Huffman won a treasure trove of awards at the Del Mar National; taking home the 2003 National Championship for the USA Equestrian Reining Seat Medal Finals presented by EMO Agency, Inc, the "My Midnight Special" trophy, Youngest Rider Trophy, and the Adrian Van Sinderen trophy.
The 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Western Week held four American Quarter Horse Association Split/Combined Youth State Qualifier shows, a Pacific Coast Horse Association Open Show (open to all breeds), a National Reined Horse Association Show (open to all breeds), the $500 Challenge of the Breeds, the $500 Sliding Contest (open to all breeds), and the 2003 USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals during four days of competition.
"The Del Mar National is the most prestigious show in the Southwest," said Larry Gimple, the horse show's Western Technical Manager for the past five years. The horse show's Western Week features perpetual and memorial trophies engraved with the names of the great horses and riders of the past who set the stage for today's champions, and serve as reminders of the Del Mar National's legacy.
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8th May 2003
McFarlane riding Ezrah, Wins $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar
Del Mar Fairgrounds - Undaunted by rain earlier in the day, a near-sellout crowd filled the Del Mar Arena to watch Ezrah, ridden by Duncan McFarlane, win the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an American Grand Prix Association event, at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show.
Duncan McFarlane and Ezrah went double clear and were the fastest in the jump-off against five finalists. McFarlane's quick and handy time narrowly beat Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, on El Campeon's Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farms. Shahinian-Simpson was double clear just .171 of a second behind McFarlane on Ezrah.
A total of 28 horses and riders took on the challenge of the 16-fence Grand Prix of Del Mar course. Despite earlier rains and wet ground conditions, course designer Peter Holmes of Canada set a time allowed on the course of 83 seconds. Three riders retired from the course without finishing; while five finished the first round clean and moved on to the jump-off course of eight fences with a time allowed of 51 seconds.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and El Campeon's Cirka Z nailed the first clean rounds in each go of the Grand Prix. She had the only clean go in the first round until 20 horses later, when Richard Spooner and Bradford, owned by Kenly Farms, went clean with a time of 80.234.
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8th May 2003
Calvert Wins $25,000 Del Mar National Open Equitation Championship
Del Mar Fairgrounds - Cathleen Calvert of La Jolla, CA, won the 2003 $25,000 Open Equitation Championship presented by Monarch International's Show Circuit Magazine at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
Introduced to the Del Mar National Horse Show in 1998, the Equitation Championship is open to all riders, and all breeds of horses. Juniors, amateurs, and professionals compete over the same courses, through four rounds of competition. This unique event presents the ultimate test of equitation over fences for the rider; not just on their own horse, but on a strange mount with only two warm-up jumps before the championship round.
A total of 36 entries began the Equitation Championship on May 1. The first round of competition was a jumper course with only the top 25 riders moving on to the second round. The highest scoring eight riders from the second round competed in the two remaining championship rounds.
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8th May 2003

USOC Concludes First Public Hearing On Equestrian NGB Application
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—May 7, 2003—As required under United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Bylaws, the first of two public hearings regarding the proposed new National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian was held on Saturday, May 3, 2003. Attending the meeting were Armand Leone, Jr., U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) President; Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Executive Director; Kathy K. Meyer, USA Equestrian Treasurer; Lori Rawls, USA Equestrian Executive Director; and John Collins, Counsel.
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8th May 2003
USA Equestrian
USOC Concludes First Public Hearing On Equestrian NGB Application
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—May 5, 2003—As required under United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Bylaws, the first of two public hearings regarding the proposed new National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian was held on Saturday, May 3, 2003. Attending the meeting were Armand Leone, Jr., U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) President; Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Executive Director; Kathy K. Meyer, USA Equestrian Treasurer; Lori Rawls, USA Equestrian Executive Director; and John Collins, Counsel.
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7th May 2003
Heading Up The Selection Process: Charles Owen At Sansaw International
Charles Owen & Company are delighted to announce their repeated Sponsorship of the British Pony Eventing CCI Championships at Sansaw International Horse Trials Friday 30th May - 1st June 2003. The Pony Event is for riders aged 13 - 16 riding ponies of 14.2hh and under and culminates in the selection of the British Pony Three Day Event Team.
During the past six years Charles Owen have worked closely with leading international riders. The Sponsorship of the Pony Championships is a further initiative enabling them to invest back into the future of the sport. The prospective international stars of the future are frequently found in these ranks, having progressed and learnt through the invaluable Pony Club Organisation. One recent such rider is Tamsyn Hutchins from Cornwall who has now successfully moved up into horses and received crucial funding while also building a valuable portfolio of sponsors.
Of the Sansaw Sponsorship Roy Burek M.D. commented "The Pony Club does such an important job securing and encouraging talented young up and coming riders in the early stages of their careers. We are pleased to be able to support the Pony Club through this sponsorship. It is refreshing to be involved with the Junior ranks at such a significant International level. We now support from the grass roots level of equestrianism right through to the highest Senior levels."
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7th May 2003
Places left for the WEBIT project final conference: Education and Management in the Equine Industry through IT
On Monday 12th May 2003, Equistudy, Warwickshire College's distance learning unit, is holding the WEBIT Project Final Conference at Moreton Hall on the college's Moreton Morrell campus. The conference will examine the use of information communication technology (ICT) in the equine business, with particular emphasis on work-based training and equine management.
The £500,000 WEBIT (Warwickshire Equine Based Internet Training) project, which is financed through the European Social Fund, has established some excellent learning links with local equine businesses. It is hoped to build on this work through the new Equine CoVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence) initiative that emphasises supporting education in the horse industry. Warwickshire College received CoVE status in Equine Studies at the start of 2003.
The WEBIT conference will provide an insight into IT solutions by focusing on two areas of particular interest to equine business: health and safety training and management of day-to-day activities in riding schools.
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7th May 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society Welfare Horse, Pony and Dog Show - a day out not to be missed!
The British Horse Society (BHS) will be holding a Horse, Pony and Dog Show at the Society's National Rescue Centre at Oxhill in Warwickshire on Saturday 31 May - a day out not to be missed.
With classes to suit all horses, ponies and dogs, ranging from show jumping and showing to novelty classes - Best Thelwell and Dog with the Waggiest Tail, for example - this show will be a great day out for any horse or dog enthusiast. Funds raised at the show will used entirely to support the Society's welfare work in its constant battle to ensure that horses and ponies are properly cared for.
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7th May 2003

USET Announces Riders for 2003 Show Jumping Developing Rider European Tour
Gladstone, NJ—May 6, 2003— The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has named five riders plus alternates to participate on the 2003 USET Show Jumping Developing Rider European Tour. Riders named to participate are Candice King of Wellington, FL; Marley Goodman of Palm Beach, FL; Misti Cassar of Thousand Oaks, CA; John French of Redwood City, CA; and Laura Linback of Mundelein, IL, plus alternates in the following ranked order: Robin Sweely of Madison, VA; Nona Garson of Lebanon, NJ; Callen Solem of Colts Neck, NJ; Tricia O'Connor of Ocala, FL; Judy Garofalo of Dover Plains, NY; Debbie Stephens of Glenmore, PA; and Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookville, MD.

The USET will provide funding to the five riders participating in the tour, of which four are Developing Riders. They will compete at three international show jumping competitions in Europe:
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7th May 2003
Kentucky Derby Party benefits LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
BATON ROUGE - Guests at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby Party enjoyed the "atmosphere" of Churchill Downs as they gathered at the Country Club of Louisiana to watch the heralded race on May 3.
While Funny Cide took home the prize in the 129th "Run for the Roses," Jessie Babineaux won the Ladies' Hat Competition for her red, white and blue salute to the Derby. Rob Poston and Jim Brugh were co-winners in the Men's Tie Contest, each wearing the same tie that was a colorful tribute to horse racing.
Proceeds from the party will benefit expansion of the Equine Intensive Care Unit in the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics. The project will expand and update the current two-stall facility to a 10-stall facility for better treatment of critically ill and injured horses admitted to the veterinary school's equine clinic.
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7th May 2003
Supreme Rock (ISH) Reigns Supreme at Badminton CCI**** 2003
Reigning European Champion since 1999 at Luhmuhlen and Team and Individual European Champion at Pau in 2001, aswell as Team Olympic Silver Medallist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Team Bronze at WEG 2002, Supreme Rock (ISH) has now also won the premier Horse Trials event in the world for the second year running.
Placed first after the dressage phase on Thursday, May 1st, Supreme Rock (ISH), who was ranked fourth in the World Breeding Rankings for 2001/2002, and rider Pippa Funnell (GBR) held pole position through the Cross Country and Show Jumping phases to retain their Badminton title.
Irish bred horses were out in force at Badminton this year with seventeen of them finishing in the final forty four placings. Five Irish Sport Horses, including winner Supreme Rock (ISH), took the following positions in the final top twelve:
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6th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
5 May 2003

FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS
The leader of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings, Ludger Beerbaum of Germany keeps his position of leader, with 3577 points ahead of the Swiss Markus Fuchs (2952 pts) and Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa (2486 pts). Beerbaum will drop a record number of 675 pts at the end of the month, reducing the gap to his runner-up Fuchs, who will however also drop a fair amount of points (325).
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings with a score of 80.475 points. She is followed by Nadine Capellmann (GER) and Lisa Wilcox (USA). Debbie McDonald (USA) drops one place and is now 5th, behind Beatrizz Ferrer-Salat who is now 4th.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE - COMING YOUR WAY VERY SOON!
The all-important draw for the Nations Cup competition will take place during the official launch of the Samsung Super League series at 20.45 on Friday May 9th in La Baule.

FEI DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP
The Executive Board, in its March meeting in Zurich, approved the creation of a Development Working Group in the framework of the FEI Strategic Planning Committee. The Working Group will consider the future role and direction for the Development Department within the global FEI strategy. Its goals are: 1) Establish a regional coaching structure; 2) Review development programmes for NFs; 3) Establish progressive regional competitions and championships. This should enable the FEI to develop the fantastic potential of its small NFs which represent the basis and future of the Equestrian Sport.
THE HORSE IN OUTSIDER ART
On May 5, 2003 an exhibition on "the horse in Outsider Art" opened in the museum im Lagerhaus St. Gallen, Switzerland. The exhibition comprises of approximately 150 works: paintings, drawings and sculptures from 60 outsider artists all with the theme of the horse.
The exhibition in the Lagerhaus, a museum which concentrates on naïve and Outsider Art coincides with the CSIO St. Gallen (29 May to 1 June) and is open until 6 July 2003.
IN MEMORIAM
Jozsef (Joe) Turi died on 29 April 2003, one week after an accident when riding a motorcycle. He was 47 years old.
Joe Turi was born in Hungary and came to England as a young boy and stayed. In the mid eighties, he became a member of the British Jumping Team, competing for his adopted country in the 1988 Olympic Games where he finished 14th.

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6th May 2003

Controversial Scientific Evidence on Animal Feelings to be Presented at London Conference
New evidence for how animals use body language and psychic awareness
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) Trust is hosting a controversial scientific conference in London this Saturday 10 May on the subject of animal awareness, emotions and intentions.
The conference, Understanding Animals, is designed to provoke debate into how much animals' feelings and emotional states should be considered in today's culture.
Including academic speakers from Oxford, Bristol, Lancaster, London and Edinburgh Universities, and the Scottish Agricultural College, the conference will explore animals' inner feelings and motivations and raise questions about society's treatment of animals.
Featuring among the speakers will be Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder (Scottish Agricultural College) who will discuss animal body language and will be exploring the psycho-physical nature of animals, and Dr Rupert Sheldrake who will be exploring the scientific evidence for the unexplained perceptive powers of animals.
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6th May 2003

Laurin Tops $5000 JR/AO Prix For Third Consecutive Year
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 4, 2003— On the last day of the Garden State Horse Show held April 30 – May 4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, twenty junior and amateur-owner jumper riders attempted an impressive course built by Anthony D’Ambrosio in the $5000 Garden State Junior/A-O Prix, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. And for the third consecutive year the big grey Belgian-bred mare named Laurin topped the class. Ridden this year by owner Leigh Healy of Mount Holly, NJ, the pair was the last to go in the four-horse jumpoff and stopped the clock clean in a blistering 36.805 seconds.

“I put a lot of faith in Laurin. She never lets you down,” said Healy who just moved up into the high junior jumper division this past March. Healy also rides a ten-year-old Dutch gelding named Liverpool in the low juniors. That pair picked up a blue in the $2500 Garden State Junior/A-O Prix. The field of 32 was narrowed as seven horse-and-rider combinations qualified for the second round. Healy and Liverpool were the first to go and set the pace with a clear round in 36.077 seconds. No one could beat their clean go and the win propelled them to the low junior jumper championship.
The main ring also featured the $2500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper League class as well as the $1500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper league event. Both classes are North American League (NAL) events.
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5th May 2003
The Gotland Pony
In Sweden, on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, lives a herd of semi-wild horses, the Gotland Pony or 'Russ', as they are called locally. The breed has lived in isolation and has kept its moderate size and attractive, relatively primitive look since the Stone-Age.
These versatile ponies reap great success in the show ring as well as in three-day eventing, show-jumping, dressage, driving, and harness racing. (No other horse of comparable size can out-trot a Russ!)
A 12 year old Gotland mare, Snaeckan, holds the world record for harness racers category B (ponies up to 130 cm). The Russ is a great companion, for young and old alike. Because of its longevity, versatility and friendly disposition, a Gotland pony is sure to become a family favorite. They are curious, brave, people-oriented, even-tempered, and quick to learn
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5th May 2003
Donegan 10th At Badminton - Career Personal Best
Ireland's Patricia Donegan today (Sunday) riding the 11 yr old Irish-bred <Don't Step Back> in the combination's first ever attempt at the world-famous Badminton Three Day Event, finished 10th of the 80 riders who started the competition on Thursday.
Ireland's only other entrant, Edmond Gibney, on King's Highway, finished 19th overall, but was awarded the Glentrool Trophy, which is won by the rider with the most improved performance between the Dressage Test and the final score.
However, the Irish glory today went to the 29 yr old Donegan from Bandon in Co. Cork, who has competed for Ireland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (Team 5th), the European Championships at Pau in 2001, and the World Equestrian Games at Jerez in 2002, but who has never before tackled the daunting Badminton event. This was a career personal best for her as an individual rider, at this level.
England's Pippa Funnell, who had led for most of the weekend, won the Event today, riding <Supreme Rock>, narrowly beating Norway's Piia Pantsu.
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5th May 2003

Kappler Jumps To The Top In The $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 2, 2003 — Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ, added another grand prix win to his impressive resume as he galloped Profox across the timers in 32.043 seconds in the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 3, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
The Garden State Horse show takes place from April 30- May 4 and is the largest horse show in New Jersey. There were a record 1151 entries who competed in the five-day hunter/jumper show.
Profox was one of ten horses to jump clean over the Anthony D’Ambrosio- designed course. Kappler also piloted two others in the second round – Rafiki and Korina.
The battle for the blue came down to Kappler and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. Ward rode two in the jump off, but it was Galant who put the heat on Kappler as he posted a 32.523 on the board and jumped into the lead just moments before Kappler returned as the last to go.
“The kid’s lethal,” said Kappler referring to Ward’s speed and accuracy. Kappler knew he needed to cut time and ride a faster track than he did on Korina. Sitting in the second and third position he had “nothing to lose.”
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5th May 2003

Wisconsin State Horse Council Equine Foundation To Host Fall Harvest Fundraiser & Dinner
Large Item Raffle, Live Auction, Silent Auction To Include Stallion Service Auction & Tack Sale
Two Day Event!! Don't Miss It!!
We will host a Fall Harvest Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, October 4, 2003. We will also have a Tack Sale and Stallion Service Auction on Sunday, October 5, 2003. This combined huge event will be held at the Columbus Firemen's Park Pavilion in Columbus, Wisconsin. All proceeds will benefit the new Wisconsin Horse Park facility.
Barbeque Chicken and Ribs Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the lower level of the pavilion. Ticket prices for dinner will be $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and children 5 & under are FREE! Tickets must be purchased prior to September 15, 2003. They are available at the Wisconsin State Horse Council office, at various functions around the state and from Horse Council members. Use the contact number below to find your closest location for tickets. Don't wait as they will go quickly and we don't want anyone left out!!
After dinner the fun really begins with the many items up for grabs at the live auction which begins at 8:00 p.m. in the upper level. There will be many silent auctions running throughout the evening too. We will have games for kids, music, and more entertainment. We are gathering items now; gift certificates, gift items, horse tack and general items as well are appreciated, so contact Marlene below if you have something you wish to donate to this great cause. In addition to this, we will be drawing our major raffle prizes on Sunday. These include Featherlite 3 horse slant load new trailer, an easy entry jog cart, 40' round pen, Millcreek Manure spreader, Circle Y Saddle, Congress Leather Show Halter & Lead, and a Kathy's Show headstall. Super $15,000 Raffle!!
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5th May 2003
Swail Takes Third In Modena Grand Prix
Ireland's Conor Swail topped off an impressive outing at the three-star Modena event this weekend (May 1-3) with a Third Place in the Grand Prix tonight (Saturday).
With one win, two Thirds and an Eighth already to his credit, the Malahide-based rider brought out his 2002 Zuidlaren winner, Windgates King Koal, for the final competition of the evening, and the 15 yr old Edward Cawley-owned gelding, in his first 2003 outing, knocked just one fence to bring Swail into Third.After the Grand Prix, Swail said: < I was delighted to have had such a good weekend on such good horses. My short-term aim now is to be selected to jump for Ireland in Rome later this month.>
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5th May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Maubeuge France 2-4 May 2003
MAUBEUGE GRAND PRIX
1) Marcus Fuchs (SUI) Granie 5
2) Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) Exploit du Roulard
3) Billy Twomey (IRL) Luidam
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4th May 2003
Belfast Horse Show gallops towards November
Sheridan Promotions have confirmed that plans for the exciting new Belfast International Horse Show are well under way with the release this week of some of the biggest names in World Show Jumping, which coincides with the announcement that ticket sales for the event have been impressive.
Irish European Champions, Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, Kevin Babington and Dermott Lennon (current World Show Jumping Champion) have confirmed their wish to participate at the event. While Cian O’Connor, Conor Swail and British riders Michael and John Whitaker, Robert Smith, Di Lampard and Nick Skelton have also joined the prestigious line up. The first of the European riders to confirm attendance at the event is Switzerland’s, Marcus Fuchs, with others being released shortly.
In addition Mike Tucker, leading television commentator and Nick Brooks-Ward, from the fabulous Olympia Horse Show have been named as commentators for the Belfast event with other officials released reading like a who’s who in the world of celebrity and equestrian sport.
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4th May 2003

Photo by Roy Parker
Cleveland Bay Showcase Proves Huge Success
THIS year's prestigious Cleveland Bay Horse Society King George V Cup was a huge success.
The annual competition to find the Champion Cleveland Bay Premium Stallion was held at York Livestock Centre with nine of the 11 eligible stallions forward.
Between them they represented most of the valuable bloodlines within the breed as well as the wide geographical spread that the breed has in the UK.
This year's judge Roy Raikes-May travelled from Gwent to take on the task. His stallion, Laughton Saladin was the retiring champion.
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4th May 2003
Pik L Gives Dr. Cesar Parra and owner Anne Whitten Early Birthday Presents
Port Jervis, NY, May 2, 2003—Horses Unlimited’s imported Hanoverian stallion Pik L couldn’t have given better early birthday presents to owner Anne Whitten and rider Dr. Cesar Parra. The bay stallion continued his winning streak at the Port Jervis, NY CDI***, April 25-27, claiming blue ribbons in all three FEI classes in which he was entered, including receiving a 71.25% in Intermediaire I. The duo also earned the FEI High Score Award and the Diamond Stud Award (sponsored by Diamond Legacy Breeding) for High Scoring CDI*** Senior Rider.
“I’m elated,” said Ms. Whitten. “My birthday is Monday and these wins are great presents for both me and Cesar, whose birthday is Thursday.” Pik L was imported as both a breeding stallion and international competition horse. “The Germans are a little sorry they let him go,” said Ms. Whitten of the Pik Bube II son. “I receive calls from German breeders wanting to breed their mares to him.”
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4th May 2003

Richard Spooner Wins 1st and 2nd Place in Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix
DEL MAR Fairgrounds - Riding two different mounts, Richard Spooner took first and second place in last night's Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show.
With 61 competitors, the Surfside Grand Prix was the largest field of Grand Prix riders this year in California and the most competitive class on the Pacific Coast Circuit.
The $25,000 Lexus Grand Prix is a qualifying event designed to eliminate all but the top 30 contenders who 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.
During the Surfside Grand Prix, 13 of the 61 riders had clean rounds.
Duncan Mcfarlane on Ezrah made the first clean round going 8th in the order, but held the lead for only a few minutes until Spooner and Robinson blistered the course. Spooner rode a brilliant pace on Robinson for a time of 65.080, and almost duplicated it with a great round on Bradford for a finish of 66.702. The ride on Bradford as the 47th entry moved them into second place. Spooner held 1st and 2nd to the end of the 61 entries.
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4th May 2003

Feller Tops $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Class and Earns Grand Championship
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 2, 2003— Melissa Feller, 19, of Mendham, NJ, topped the two-round $500 Marshall & Sterling adult hunter class riding Tammy Craig-Smith’s horse Rumors Fly on the third day of the Garden State Horse Show. Garden State is held April 30 – May 4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
In addition to picking up the blue ribbon in the Marshall & Sterling class, she also collected the younger adult amateur championship as well as the grand champion ribbon in the adult division.
Winning a Marshall & Sterling class is nothing new for Feller who finished first last year at Garden State in the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter class aboard her own horse Imported. The pair also took home the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Championship held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show last October.

Moving into the adult amateur division has clearly been a smooth transition for Feller. The young adult also piloted her own horse Imported to the second place in the adult amateur Marshall & Sterling class and picked up three thirds, a second, and a fourth place to take the reserve championship for the division.
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4th May 2003

Registration Commission Committed to Customer Service
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Registration Commission met in March in Denver, Colorado, to discuss streamlining processes and reinforce a commitment to quality, integrity, customer service and response time.
Although several members of the Commission met during the Scottsdale show to get acquainted, this was the first official meeting of the entire group. Commission members tackled a variety of issues and developed several policies that will enhance the affordability of doing registration business with AHA. For instance, they consolidated seven existing transfer fees down to four and set one, three and five-year goals.
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4th May 2003
APHA

Circle Y of Yoakum becomes active in APHA activities

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently welcomed Circle Y Saddles of Yoakum, a top-of-the-line saddle maker, as an official corporate partner.
Circle Y of Yoakum was a sponsor of APHA's 2002 World Championship Paint Horse Show, in which the company awarded saddles to winners in several of the event's categories. Now, Circle Y of Yoakum has increased its sponsorship to support the Association even more.
"All of APHA's focus and actions are geared toward expanding the Association and highlighting the American Paint Horse," said Lynn Paris, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Circle Y of Yoakum. "At Circle Y, we like to see that APHA is an ever-growing association involved in promoting a variety of disciplines. That promotion is reflective of our business because we make saddles for all disciplines."
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4th May 2003
Kerrygold League - Thomastown Grand Prix Cancelled
Due to adverse weather conditions, the Leinster Region Thomastown Show has been cancelled. The event was due to take place today (Saturday) and tomorrow.
As a result, the scheduled Michael Duxie Walsh Grand Prix will not now take place on Sunday, May 4, as part of the Kerrygold Grand Prix League.
However, the Leinster Region Necarne Qualifier is still due to take place at Thomastown on Sunday, May 18.
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4th May 2003

AHA Strategic Plan Underway
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has hired Management Advisors, Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo., to assist with the development of a strategic plan and governance study for the new AHA. The consulting group was hired as part of the Merger Agreement that created AHA by combining the Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc. and the International Arabian Horse Association.
Article VII of the Merger Agreement states that AHA "shall retain one or more firms to conduct an independent governance study and develop a strategic plan in order to determine the best governance structure for Arabian Horse Association."
"This is extremely significant and will have a far-reaching and positive impact on the Arabian horse industry," says AHA President Bill Hughes. "We hope that all members can be as forthcoming as possible with whatever questions are asked," says AHA Vice President Bob Fauls. "We need this information to become more effective at representing the needs of our customers."
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4th May 2003
Swail Takes First Of Modena's Saturday Classes
Ireland's Conor Swail improved on yesterday's (Friday) two Third Places at Modena, Italy, by winning the first class of the day, the Anni Tempo, on <Windgates Sensation> today, Saturday.
Mayo's Cameron Hanley, on <Olga> took Eighth Place in the same competition.
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