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The Training Tree:
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The Irish Draught Horse
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Funnell Win Highlighted 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer CCI ****
Samsung Super League Coming Your Way Very Soon!
Federation Equestre Internationale News


17th May 2003
Funnell One Win Away From Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing
LEXINGTON, KY—May 15, 2003—Pippa Funnell of Great Britain has completed a historic second step that has her in an unprecedented position to possibly become the first winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
Following back-to-back wins in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Funnell has positioned herself to win a $250,000 bonus if she can win the CCI Four Star at the Burghley Masterfoods event in England in September.
Funnell, the two-time defending European champion who helped Great Britain win team Silver Medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at last year’s World Equestrian Games, won the Rolex Kentucky Four Star in late April on Primmore’s Pride and the Badminton Four Star in England in early May on Supreme Rock. Since the start of the Rolex Grand Slam in 1998, she is the first rider to win two consecutive events to earn a shot at the bonus that goes to any rider who wins three Rolex Grand Slam Events in a row
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17th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News

FEI News 16 May 2003

SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE : FRANCE OPEN THE SCORE
The French, already in the driving seat after the first leg of the Samsung Super League at La Baule last Sunday, look strong favourites to make it two-in-a-row when they line out in the second competition of the series in Rome next Friday, May 23.
Brimming with confidence after their convincing opening victory, they are also returning to the Piazza di Siena as reigning champions following their success at the 70th anniversary Nations Cup show there last year. Edouard Couperie, Bruno Broucqsault, Christian Hermon and Michel Robert will be flying the flag on this occasion but they can expect powerful opposition from the Germans who are lurking in second place, only three points off the leaders at this stage. Helena Weinberg, Franke Sloothaak, Marcus Ehning and Andreas Ripke will be under orders to snatch the maximum 10 points and reverse the placings at the top of the table if they can.
THE ROYAL DUBLIN SOCIETY PREPARES ARENAS FOR SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE
The Royal Dublin Society's world famous jumping arena in Ballsbridge has undergone extensive refurbishment in preparation for this year's Dublin Horse Show (August 6 - 10) which will feature the Samsung Super League 6th competition.
The countries participating including Ireland are France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden.
FEI CALENDAR
Hungarian Equestrian Federation informed the FEI that the Euro Future Cup of Budapest, due to take place from 6 to 9 June had been cancelled.
IN MEMORIAM
Richard McDevitt, from 1975 to 1987 President of the American Horse Shows Association (the US-American NF - now USA Equestrian) died on 11 April 2003.
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17th May 2003
BETA

Caldene Back At BETA International 2004
Caldene which has recently been sold to Matchmakers International is to return to BETA International 2004 after a two year break.
Led by three generations of the Uttley family, latterly Carl Uttley and his sister Jill Butters, Caldene was granted a Royal Warrant last year as a supplier of breeches to the Queen. The brand has been in existence since 1922.
Now owned by Matchmakers International, Caldene will have their own stand at the biggest and best equestrian and country clothing based Trade Fair throughout the world.

Says Richard Lawrence of Matchmakers International, the new title sponsors of the event: "The Caldene name fits very comfortably into our current portfolio. This year will see a whole new look for the brand and BETA International will provide an ideal showcase. We are all very excited about the future. Development plans are already underway.
Bradford-based Matchmakers International already distributes Harry Hall, Masta, Cottage Craft, Westropp and Jack Ellis into the equestrian market.
"The equestrian and country clothing sector needs to breathe new life and dynamism into the trade and we aim not to disappoint.
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17th May 2003
Highlife Farms Show Barn Grand Opening Gala
Invitation Only Event
When: Saturday, July 5, 2003, 10am-6pm - vendors and clinics, 6pm-10pm - dinner, dancing and cocktails.
Where: Highlife Farms, 8001 Clarcona Ocoee Rd., Orlando, FL 32818
We are very excited to announce the grand opening of our million dollar show barn on the property of Highlife Farms, Orlando. Hundreds of friends in the horse community will be visiting our facility this day to tour our 50 acre equestrian facility, meet our trainers and staff, watch riding demonstrations from our Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Trainers, observe clinics on young horse training, see our world class imported sport horse stallions, and just have a great time.
Our guests not only include hundreds of horsemen from the Central Florida area, but also Germany, Canada and Australia to name a few. As you can see, this event is going to be one of great magnitude. Not only do we do this to promote our new facility, but to show the serious equestrian of Central Florida, that a full service equestrian center exists with boarding, breeding, training and lessons, as well as C.E.M. quarantine facilities.
It is also our goal to create a fun, interesting atmosphere for our guests. This is where our participating vendors come in. At no charge to the vendors, they will be able to display their goods from 10am to 6pm for guests to look over and possibly purchase. Of course we cannot guarantee the turn out or response to your product, but what better opportunity will you have than to be placed in the center of your target audience.
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17th May 2003
New Emergency Road Safety Pack
Travelling with horses poses numerous risks, from breakdowns to accidents.
Equestrian Support Services (ESS) have introduced a new Emergency Road Safety Pack, containing everything you may need should the worst ever happen.
Designed for easy storage in your vehicle, this compact and comprehensive pack provides all the necessary equipment in case of breakdown or injury - ensuring you are prepared for any eventuality on the road.
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17th May 2003
USA Equestrian
Novel By Kent C. Gilmore Benefits USAE's Dressage Program
USA Equestrian and Golden Hills Press, Inc. are proud to announce a unique sponsorship program to benefit USA Equestrian’s International High Performance Fund for Dressage.
Golden Hills Press’s release of KIRCHBORN, a mystery novel written by USA Equestrian member and former international Dressage competitor, Kent C. Gilmore, is now available through major retailers as well as its own website www.kirchborn.com. For each copy purchased by a USA Equestrian member, its affiliates or anyone who references USA Equestrian when ordering a copy of KIRCHBORN, $5 will be paid to the International High Performance Fund for Dressage – one of the Torchbearer Funds at USA Equestrian.
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17th May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI* Balmoral 14-16 May 2003
SJ 5 The 'Mitsubishi' International Speed Stakes
1) Dark Flight; Clem McMahon, 2. Parlando; Conor Swail, 3. Jalisco; Scott Smith-
SJ7: Giltspur Scientific International Top Score
1) Hermes De Reve; Clem McMahon, 2. Pollycor; Edward Doyle, 3. ABC Landiebe; Cian O'Connor--
SJ8 The ‘Powers Irish Whiskey’ International Show Jumping Competiton
1) Ginger Watt; Dermott Lennon (IRL), 2) Mahon Point; Cian O'Connor (IRL), 3) Junior; Andrew Saywell (GBR)
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17th May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Inviting Bids To Host International Championships
USA Equestrian is inviting bids to host the following championships: · 2005 FEI World Championship - Driving Pairs · 2005 FEI North American Jr. Dressage Championships · 2007 FEI North American Dressage Championship (Seniors)
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16th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League
The French, already in the driving seat after the first leg of the Samsung Super League at La Baule last Sunday, look strong favourites to make it two-in-a-row when they line out in the second competition of the series in Rome next Friday, May 23.
Brimming with confidence after their convincing opening victory, they are also returning to the Piazza di Siena as reigning champions following their success at the 70th anniversary Nations Cup show there last year and, despite the fact that they are fielding a totally different team this time out, they still look menacing.

Edouard Couperie, Bruno Broucqsault, Christian Hermon and Michel Robert will be flying the flag on this occasion but they can expect powerful opposition from the Germans who are lurking in second place, only three points off the leaders at this stage.
Helena Weinberg, Franke Sloothaak, Marcus Ehning and Andreas Ripke will be under orders to snatch the maximum 10 points and reverse the placings at the top of the table if they can.
The British put up a stalwart performance to finish third last weekend and Nick Skelton, now back in flying form following an excellent recovery from the neck injury which very nearly finished his career, will be joined by Tim Stockdale, Keith Shore and Di Lampard in attempting to consolidate their position.
American-based Kevin Babington, competing in Europe for the first time this season as he prepares for the defence of the European team title later in the summer, is the most experienced of the Irish squad which also includes Conor Swail who has been campaigning very successfully on the Italian circuit.
The Irish share fourth position at present with Sweden who send out Maria Gretzer, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, Maria Sundberg and Henrik Ankarcrona but with just 3.5 points each, both countries will be hoping to improve their respective positions as will the Dutch whose squad includes the Schroder brothers, Wim and Gerco.
With just one point on the score-board the Belgians are trailing badly so Jos Lansink, Dirk Demeersman, Peter Postelmans and Ludo Philippaerts will be trying to put that to rights, but the real pressure is on the home side which was awarded only 0.5 points when finishing at the bottom of the pile last Sunday.
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16th May 2003
The British Horse Society The British Horse Society dares you to try the Mongolian Camel Challenge 9-19 September 2004
Are you up for a challenge? - a brand new venture! You don't even need to be a rider!
The British Horse Society is offering a rare and unique opportunity for you to raise money for BHS Welfare and experience the Gobi Desert from the back of a camel.
This Camel Challenge includes five days riding on two-humped camels through desert steppes and sand dunes, experiencing real Mongolian nomadic life and culture. You will be sleeping in tents and living a nomadic Mongolian lifestyle sharing their culture and homeland.
Take up this Challenge, escape into the Gobi Desert and travel through the land of the dinosaurs.
Your free time at the end of the event allows you to visit the Ganden Monastery, Bogdo Khan Palace Museum and the Natural History Museum.
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16th May 2003
It's that time of year again, flying pests are coming out and the summer battle begins!
Spraying poisons all over your horse (and yourself) may offer some relief from flies and midges but how effective is it really and what are the long term costs to health and the environment?
Truly natural products are hard to come by, as often as not those that scream 'natural' on the bottle on closer inspection turn out to be mostly chemicals with one natural ingredient. And then there is the problem that what works on one horse doesn¹t for the other. So what is the solution? The most effective bug control is that which is custom made for each individual's unique bio-chemistry and you can easily learn how to do that yourself with 100% natural ingredients and in less time than it takes to scour the tack shop shelves.
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16th May 2003

British Riders Out For Revenge At The RIHS
New 'Super League' guarantees international competitors
With eight nations due to compete in the re-launched Samsung Super League Nations Cup at the Royal International Horse Show, there is likely to be enthusiastic international participation in other major showjumping classes.
France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, and Belgium will be sending teams to compete at the five-day Hickstead show which starts on July 23, plus, of course, the British team making its only appearance in this country.
"Showjumping classes generally will benefit from at least 35 international riders looking to compete outside the Nations Cup competition," said show secretary Lizzie Bunn."It will add an edge to classes where British riders will be aiming to overturn last year's dominance by overseas competitors."
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16th May 2003

HorseTV Announces Program Extravaganza For Month Of July
Houston, TX, May 15, 2003 - HorseTV, currently providing more than 20 hours of equestrian programming each week to millions of homes in the U.S. and Canada, has planned a spectacular equestrian Fourth of July for the horse community with a July broadcast schedule that includes five of the top international equestrian competitions in the world.
HorseTV announced today that it will broadcast the 2003 FEI Dressage World Cup Finals from Sweden, the recent 2003 FEI Show Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, the 2003 Badminton Horse Trials, (CCI****), the Australian Adelaide Horse Trials, (CCI****) and the 2003 FEI World Cup Driving Finals, also from Sweden, starting Friday, July 4th and running through the end of July. The Adelaide and Badminton competitions are two of the only four yearly, four-star three-day events in the world.
With plans to launch later this year as the 24/7, subscription-based HorseTV Channel, HorseTV is now seen on a limited, no-cost basis through the America One Television Network local affiliate television stations, select cable systems, C-Band satellite dishes, and through DirecTV and DISH local option subscription services in certain major markets, including all of the 7-county, greater Los Angeles area.
Combining stunning documentary specials with entertaining and informational segments on every aspect of owning, riding or loving horses, HorseTV appeals not only to the millions of viewers with a recreational or professional interest in horses, but also that vast audience which simply relates to the romance and mystery of the horse, an audience representing millions and millions of people.
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16th May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces Stateline Tack/USAE Pony Finals
The 2003 Stateline Tack/USAE Pony Finals will be held August 5-8, at the Andrews School in Willoughby, OH, and will be managed by Mike Rheinheimer.
Hunter : To qualify for the Wild Horsefeathers/USAE Regular and Green Hunter Pony, a pony must win a Championship in an “A” rated Regular Hunter Pony section or a Championship or Reserve Championship in an “A” rated Green Hunter Pony section.
Medal : A rider who accumulates 30 points will receive a silver medal from the Federation and will qualify for the USAE Pony Medal Finals, held in conjunction with the USA Equestrian Pony Competition. Points are awarded as follows: 1st place = 30 pts.; 2nd place = 15 pts.; 3rd place = 10 pts.
Jumpers : Each Zone may take a team of the top three or four pony/rider combinations from their zone to compete in the 2003 Horsecity.com/USAE Pony Jumper National Championships.
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15th May 2003
Horse Schools: The International Guide to Universities, Colleges, Secondary Schools and Specialty Equine Programs by Angelia Almos.

The newly released book "Horse Schools" is concise, well researched and has a truly global coverage. The book is written by Angelia Almos who is obviously sensitive to the difficulties which face young students and their parents when trying to make important career or lifestyle decision. The first ten pages of the book gives the reader essential advice, makes useful suggestions and invites the prospective student to ask themselves questions. Before listing more than 500 programmes in 26 different countries, the book suggests the type of questions which students and parents should consider asking as well as what to look for from the school.

If your life revolves around horses and you are dreaming of an equestrian career working with horses but you don't know where to start then you could not do worse than buy this book in order to survey your options. In this book you will find a list of over 200 training courses for occupations and activities as varied as becoming a good coach, an equestrian business manager or even a qualified logger working with horses! If you are on the other side of the fence and run a school or college and you're not in this book, then I suggest that you get in touch with Angelia to be included in the next edition.
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15th May 2003
Join Bob Jeffreys for a Partnership Training Clinic near you!
Learn about horse psychology, ground manners and mounted training, Centered Riding techniques and more!
Join Bob Jeffreys, founder of the Partnership Training for Horse & Rider system and his clinic partner, Suzanne Sheppard, for these events:
** Receive a 5% discount ** **when you register by May 20th**
We don’t break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
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15th May 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI*** PONTEDERA ITALY 16-18 MAY 2003, CSIO ROME ITALY 21-24 MAY 2003, CCI*** SAUMUR FRANCE 22-25 MAY 2003, CSI*** LA COURNEUVE FRANCE 23-25 MAY 2003, CSI* PINEROLO ITALY 23-25 MAY 2003, CDI*** BARZAGO ITALY 23-25 MAY 2003, CSI*** AACH GERMANY 23-25 MAY 2003, CCI*/** DIJON FRANCE 28 MAY-1 JUNE 2003, CSI*** MUNICH GERMANY 29 MAY-1 JUNE 2003, CSI*** EINDHOVEN 29 MAY-1 JUNE 2003, CDI*** LIPICA SLOVENIA 29 MAY-1 JUNE 2003, CCI*** BRAMHAM GREAT BRITAIN 5-8 JUNE 2003
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14th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Eventing World Cup News
William Fox-Pitt (GBR), riding the 17-year old gelding Stunning, won the eighth leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup held at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials (GBR) on 11 and 12 May. In doing so, he ended the winning run of his team mate Pippa Funnell who, coming fresh from her four-star wins at Kentucky and Badminton, placed second on Walk on Star. Fox-Pitt and Funnell, who had performed the qualifier's best Dressage test, tied for first position after the Cross Country, but Funnell had a Jumping rail down and one time penalty while Fox-Pitt jumped clear the rain-soaked course.

Fox-Pitt, number one of the 2002 FEI World Eventing Rankings, is with 30 points in the lead of the World Cup series along with Philip Dutton (GBR), Andrew Nicholson (NZL), Jean Teulere (FRA), Gina Miles (USA), Andreas Dibowski (GER), Gustavo Mourao (BRA) and Pia Pantsu (FIN). Chatsworth is his second World Cup qualifier following the inaugural event at Gatcombe Park (GBR) in August 2002 where he took the third position with Moon Man and the fourth with Stunning, who has retired from Three Day Eventing to contest CICs only.
"The FEI World Cup is an exciting concept for riders and something we have looked forward to happening for a long time," said Fox-Pitt. "Everyone will want to ride their best horse in the final because it will be a prestigious competition with a good prize fund. Chatsworth was a terrific weekend and showed the sport at its best."
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14th May 2003
50% off training for equine businesses in Wales
Lantra is offering free training need assessments to equine businesses in Wales, enabling employers to identify the learning and development requirements of their employees and themselves. Any training needs identified by the assessment could be funded by up to 50% and could include a range of courses from business management and IT to online learning and practical skills courses.
As the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector, Lantra aims to find out what training is needed, in order to help improve skills within the industry and make equine businesses more productive and profitable.
Business owners and managers are invited to apply for a free 'SkillCheck', Lantra's training need assessment service.
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14th May 2003
Online shopping for pet supplies
<http://www.puddlepetcare.co.uk>, the friendly virtual pet shop was re-launched on Monday 12th May 2003. Catering specifically for cats, dogs and rats the website has been redesigned to include new products and new features making it easier to navigate and purchase goods on-line.
Puddle Pet Care supplies an extensive range of goods, from practical items such as beds, door flaps, kennels and grooming products, to fun items such as activity centres, rat hammocks, treats and toys as well as specialist items such as dog agility equipment.
The new design enables the browser to follow links to find products for cats, dogs or rats. There is also a 'search' box where the user can type in exactly what they are looking for and go directly to that area. All types of products available are listed, and clicking on the appropriate word will take the user directly to a catalogue of products available. There is a description about how each product works, a picture of the item, the price and an order button if you want to buy it.
The site offers secure payment with WorldPay and accepts all popular credit and debit card types. A new feature of the site is that the front page shows how many items you have in your shopping basket and the total value of your order at all times.
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14th May 2003
British Championships For Icelandic Horses
The Icelandic Horse Society of Great Britain invites all friends of the Icelandic horse, including non-members, members of SIHA, and especially young riders, to take part in this event, open to all pure-bred, registered Icelandic horses, aged 5 years or over.
This will be the first ever World Ranking Competition to be held in Britain, and will also include Youth Cup Classes for Junior Riders.
As well as the championship (4- and 5-gait, tölt and pace) classes which are the qualifiers for selecting Britain's team for the World Championships in August, there will be plenty of classes for novice and leisure riders.
With freestyle dressage, in-hand obstacle course, beer tölt, junior fun classes, fancy dress in pairs, treasure hunt and BBQ, there should be something for everyone, and plenty for spectators to enjoy.
The show will start on Friday afternoon in the covered arena. Oval track qualifying rounds and pace events will be on Saturday, with finals, pace events, flag race, beer tölt, and prize giving on Sunday.
As part of the Borders Festival of Horse, the treasure hunt is open to all breeds of horse at any time during the festival week. Win a made-to-measure bridle worth £150!
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14th May 2003

Brentina Named 2003 Limited Edition Breyer Model Horse
Gladstone, NJ—May 13, 2003— The USET is pleased to announce that Brentina, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas and ridden to the 2002 USET Dressage Grand Prix Championship by Debbie McDonald, has been chosen as the 2003 USET Breyer model horse. Brentina is the eighth Breyer model in the popular USET series.
Brentina and McDonald were double Gold Medal winners at the 1999 Pan American Games. The pair was also the 2001 USET Grand Prix Champions. This past September, at the World Equestrian Games in Spain, Brentina and Debbie were part of the Team Silver Medal earned by the U.S. The pair finished an impressive fourth in the WEG individual standings.

The Breyer Big Ben mold was adjusted to create an accurate mare model of Brentina. The specially designed Brentina horse will be limited to a run of 750. Purchase of this special edition model is limited to two (2) per customer or address. In the past, these models have sold out quickly and become true collectibles for horse enthusiasts. The model will first be available for sale at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, June 19 - 22 in Gladstone, New Jersey.
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14th May 2003
CSIO Superleague success for Irish Sport Horses
Last Saturdays 60,000 Euro Derby de la Region des Pays de la Loire at the CSIO Superleague at La Baule, France (May 8th to 11th), was won by Double O Seven (ISH) ridden by Philippe Lejeune (Bel). This pairing also took fourth place in the opening Thursdays Prix Diane Barriere Desseigne 1m45 class.
Also competing at La Baule was Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH), who was ridden by Robert Splaine (Ire) to take fourth place in Fridays 100,000 Euro La Baule Grand Prix CSIO Superleague. This class was won by Irish rider Billy Twomey riding Luidam to beat For Pleasure and Marcus Ehning (Ger) into second place. Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) was also on the Irish team competing in Sundays Samsung Nations Cup Superleague where he was one of only three horses to perform a double clear round.
Irish Sport Horses were also well represented at the Cervia, Italy CSI A last weekend. Fridays 1m40 class was won by Lismore Clover (ISH) and Lt. David O’Brien (Ire). Conor Swail (Ire) and Windgates King Koal (ISH) took third in the 1m45 class also on Friday. Conor went on to come second in Saturdays 1m45 with Windgates King Koal (ISH) and then won Sundays 1m35 class with Windgates Mystique (ISH). Rincoola Abu (ISH) and Capt. Gerry Flynn (Ire) came second in Saturdays 1m45 class.
Eventing action moved to Chatsworth last weekend where the CIC*** saw Matt Butler (ISH) and Leslie Law take fifth place.
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14th May 2003

2003 Lake Placid Horse Shows Will Mix Fun And Education on Ariat Kids’ Day
Lake Placid, NY – May 13, 2003 – The annual Ariat Kids’ Day at the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows returns again this year combining kids, horses and fun!
Ariat Kids’ Day will be held on Friday, June 27 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and will include activities such as a stable tour, jumper course walk, farrier visit, and question-and-answer seminar on safety in and out of the ring. There will also be a raffle, giveaways, and an autograph session.
The cost to attend the event is $5.00 per participant, and lunch will be included. There is no entry fee for chaperones; however, there will be a fee of $3.00 per chaperone if they choose to eat with the participants. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and must be received by Monday, June 9. The event is limited to a maximum of 100 participants. All participants must be members of a horse or pony club and must be attending the event in conjunction with that club. Entry forms may be obtained by contacting the horse show office.
“Kids’ Day is one of the most popular traditions at the Lake Placid Horse Shows,” said Lori Martin, Lake Placid Horse Show Association Executive Director. “It’s a way of bringing families together by their participation in the fun and educational activities at the horse show, and Kids’ Day allows the children to meet some of the world’s best equestrians.”
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14th May 2003
CSIO *****Rome (Ita) Super League Event
22 - 25 May 2003
im Stockdale From Roade, NORTHAMPTON, Keith Shore From Northwich, CHESHIRE, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Di Lampard From Oakham, LEICS have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
The Nations Cup will take place on Friday 23rd May and the Grand Prix on Sunday 25th May 2003.
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14th May 2003
CSI-O La Baule Results
8 - 11 May 2003
Nations Cup
1. FRANCE 4 ; 2. GERMANY 12 ; 3. GREAT BRITAIN 18 ; =4. IRELAND 20 ; =4. SWEDEN 20 ; 6. HOLLAND 24
CSI-O LA BAULE Grand Prix
1. Billy Twomey Luidam IRL ; 2.. Markus Ehning For Pleasure GER ; 3. Bruno Broucqsault Dileme De Cephe FRA : 4. Robert Splaine Coolcorron Cool Diamond IRL

14th May 2003
CSI* Grenoble-Jarre (Fra)
23 - 25 May 2003
Kelly-Ann Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX, Ben Maher From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Kate Mead Based in Riaz, SWITZERLAND, Jamie Wingrave From Buxton, DERBYSHIRE, Mark Kelly Based in St Martin Le Chatel, FRANCE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
14th May 2003
CSI*** La Courneuve (Fra)
23 - 25 May 2003
Damien Charles From Westerham, KENT with Naf Naf II, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM have been invited and authorised to compete at the above mentioned show Please click here for further details
13th May 2003
Best Crowd For Three Years At Newmarket Racecourses
For the first time ever, the Sagitta Guineas Festival has seen crowds of over 40,000.
There was an attendance of 18,037 at Newmarket on the Saturday, an increase of 8.5% on last year's figure of 16,615. And a crowd of 17,089 adults, plus many children, saw another record for a Sunday at Newmarket, and a huge increase on last year's 14,594.
Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director, said: ‘It's been the best Guineas crowd for three years and the racecourse improvements have worked extremely well with such a good crowd. We saw a great winner in RefuseTo Bend on Saturday, who is going on to Epsom, which is just what a Guineas winner should do. It has been a fantastic weekend at the Home of Racing with the attendance up 17% on last year. To have passed 40,000 for the meeting is tremendous.’
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13th May 2003
Greater security for your dog with secure radio fence
A new ultra secure radio fence for dogs is now available in the UK utilising precise FM rather than AM signals.
Safelink Digital FM design Dogwatch fences are buried around the perimeter of the garden and give a gentle shock to dogs if they try and escape over the invisible fence.
Previous models on the market used AM radio signals but in many instances these can become susceptible to interference from other radio sources making the fence useless and your dog receive shocks when it is nowhere near the edge of the zone. That can leave the dog free to run out onto busy roads with inevitable consequences or bother neighbours and passing children.
Safelink Digital FM design Dogwatch fences are now being marketed and installed across the UK by Dogfence (see www.dogfence.co.uk). They have been endorsed by vets and as a humane and effective way of preventing a dog straying from a back garden - no matter what its size.
They comprise a wire buried in the ground around the perimeter of whatever space is being defined as the boundary for the dog. This transmits a weak FM signal to a receiver on the dog's collar. If it moves into close proximity to the wire the receiver first issues an audible warning to the animal. If it continues to move closer to the perimeter then two probes issue a mild deterrent shock of no more than 3.6 volts.
Dogs learn very quickly to associate the audible warning with an area they should not be in and soon are completely at home wearing the Safelink receiver collar.
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13th May 2003
Three-Day Eventing Result: CIC-W*** Chatsworth Great Britain 10-11 May 2003
FINAL RESULT: Sunday, May 11, 2003
1) STUNNING: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
2) WALK ON STAR: Pippa Funnell (GBR)
3) TIR NA DONNE: Philippa Peters (IRL)
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13th May 2003
United States Riders With Disabilities to Compete at 2003 I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships
Kingston, RI—May 12, 2003—The United States will send a team to compete in the fifth International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships, September 2-7, 2003 in Moorseles, Belgium.
More than 125 riders with a disability from 35 countries are expected to compete at the four-day Championships. Participants will compete in Individual Championship tests and Musical Freestyles as well as a Team test. Competitions will be open to riders at all four recognized Grades of physical disability.
For the first time in the history of the I.P.E.C., riders will be competing on “own horses,” those that are leased or borrowed by the teams and individuals competing. There will not be 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. This change will dramatically increase the level and quality of international competition for riders with disabilities.
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13th May 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Accepting Applications To Host USA Reining Seat Medal Finals In 2004
USA Equestrian is accepting applications from competitions interested in hosting the USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals in 2004. The USA Equestrian Western Council will meet Tuesday, June 3, via conference call, to review applications and choose a new host competition based on location, date, competition facility and management and competition history. All competitions are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in receiving an application to host the Reining Seat Medal Finals, please contact Leigh Walkup, Assistant Director - Breeds & Western Disciplines, at 859-225-6955; via email at lwalkup@equestrian.org; or write to 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Applications to host the Finals must be received by May 26, 2003.
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13th May 2003

Garden State Horse Show Celebrates Biggest Year Yet
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 12, 2003— The 52nd edition of the Garden State Horse Show, held April 30-May 4, celebrated a record 1151 entries during its five days at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The impressive turnout was also reflected in the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix, presented by Junior Essex Troop, held on Saturday, May 3. Thirty entries vied for the prize money with some of the nation’s best show-jumping riders and horses competing.
Topping the class was Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ, who won the Grand Prix riding Profox. The pair was the final team to tackle the jump-off course and they posted a winning time of 32.043 seconds. Profox was one of ten horses to jump clean over the Anthony D’Ambrosio-designed first-round 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 Galant and Onyx 66 in the jump-off, and it was Galant who put the heat on Kappler as he posted a time of 32.523 seconds 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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12th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League
Vive La France!!!

It was French flair all the way as the host nation claimed an emphatic victory at the thrilling first leg of the Samsung Super League in La Baule today.
Taking the lead with just four faults after round 1, the French added nothing more to their score and their final rider, Gilles Bertran de Balanda did not have to jump a second time as they stormed to victory on their home soil.
It was a tense and nervous opening competition, with riders very much aware that a good performance was vital if their country is to stay within the top-eight show jumping nations in the world.
The Samsung Super League has captured the imagination and commitment of riders, Chefs d’Equipe and National Federations alike and it is now a matter of pride as each nation strives to maintain their Super League status but, at the end of the series in September, one team will drop out as the winner from the normal Samsung Nations Cup series is promoted.
Rome hosts the next leg of the Samsung Super League in just two weeks time and the Italians will want to show considerably better form on their home turf. Perhaps however they can take some encouragement from Jean Maurice Bonneau’s final comment yesterday – "I BELIEVE in this competition – the top teams in the world are competing against each other but it’s a case of going step-by-step – each competition provides a new opportunity to show what you can do" he said. Italy will be hoping to shake off today’s experience when the teams all next line out in the Piazza di Siena on May 23rd.
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12th May 2003
Carey Breaks Bogey - Wins Riverdance Grand Prix
THE ARMY EQUITATION SCHOOL's Lt. Shane Carey was triumphant after winning today's (Sunday) Riverdance Grand Prix at Sutton, Co. Dublin, for his previous two outings in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League have been spoiled by a single fence down in the last round.
Today, however, the Army rider steered the 1990 bay gelding <Lismakin> into First, with no mistakes and well over a second faster than runner-up Clem McMahon, riding <Hermes de Reve>.
The Super League Grand Prix was suspended for a short while today as torrential rain lashed the course, but nothing could spoil the look of delight on the winner's face as he took the trophy.
<<I've had two Sixth places in the previous two Kerrygold outings, both caused by a single fence down in the second round, >> said Lt. Carey, <<but we were very careful today, and I knew it was only a matter of time before Lismakin showed his true colours. I am really pleased with the result.>>
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12th May 2003
Ireland Fourth In Super League Nations Cup At La Baul
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IN THE FIRST of the much-heralded 2003 Samsung Nations Cup Super League competitions at La Baule, France today (Saturday), the Irish team of Cian O'Connor, Robert Splaine, Billy Twomey and Peter Charles took equal Fourth Place with Sweden.
After a spectacular three days of jumping at La Baule in the lead-up to the Nations Cup, which resulted in the show's Leading International Rider Award being made to 23 yr-old Cian O'Connor, the Irish team were in second place to France at the half-way mark, with Germany lying Third. A clear round by veteran rider Robert Splaine helped Ireland finish the first half with a total of just eight faults, and although the Corkman repeated the medicine in the second round, his team-mates were unable to match his precision, and Ireland finished on a total of 20 faults, in equal Fourth position with Sweden, also on 20 faults.
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12th May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Cervia Italy 9-11 May 2003
Class No.11 - 6/7 yr old Two-Phase
1) Luis Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) Nostradamus Bois Madame; 2) Conor Swail (IRL) Windgates Sensation; 3) Katharina Offel (GER) Canaille;
Class No.18 - 6/7 yr old Mixed Class
1) Ignace Philips (BEL) Ospardie, 2) Harry Smolders (NED) Oliver Q, 3) Albert Zoer (NED) Odierike, 4) Conor Swail (IRL) Windgates Sensation
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12th May 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO La Baule France 8-11 May 2003
PRIX CAP ATLANTIQUE, BarEme A au chrono + barrage au chrono
1) MICHEL ROBERT (FRA) GALET D'AUZAY
2) WIM SCHRODER (NED) EUROCOMMERCE MONTREAL
3) HUBERT BOURDY (FRA) EVE DES ETISSES

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11th May 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League
They're Under Starters Orders...........

Great Britain got the best starting position for the opening leg of the Samsung Super League series when the draw was made in La Baule tonight (Friday 9 May).
The British were drawn last of the eight competing teams and, on this occasion, it was the Germans who were out of luck as they will be first into the arena at 2pm next Sunday.

The order of go is as follows:
Germany : Holland : Sweden : Italy : Ireland : Belgium : France : Great Britain.
German Chef d’Equipe, Sonke Sonksen, was philosophical about the fact that his team will run first. "We are not lucky, but if the teams are in the same order for the prize-giving on Sunday we will be happy then!" he said.
Mr Sonksen recalled that it was seven years ago when Ludger Beerbaum and Alexandra Ledermann launched the original Samsung Nations Cup series at La Baule and said that it seems quite appropriate that the new Super League is also to begin at the same venue.
So the lights are on, the stage is set and it is "all systems go" for the first leg of the series which promises a season of world-class sport – eight super competitions, eight super teams but only one Super League title-holder….it all begins on the French coastline this Sunday….
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11th May 2003

Del Mar National Horse Show Wraps Up After 3 Memorable Weeks
Del Mar Fairgrounds - After three weeks of competition and six major evening events the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show boasted one of its finest shows ever, attracting thousands of horses and riders and more than 15,000 spectators.
The Del Mar National Horse Show is one of the most respected, distinguished and popular equestrian events in Southern California. It features a week of competition devoted to three unique disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.
With almost 3,000 entries performing in three arenas over four days, the Western Week hosted four AQHA/PCQHA Shows Youth State Qualifier, a PCHA Open Show with classes open to all breeds, and a $3,000 Added NRHA Show open to all breeds.
Western Showcase Night included the 2003 USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals, Challenge of the Breeds, and the Sliding Contest.
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11th May 2003
Show Jumping - O'Connor Takes Second In La Baule Derby
THE IRISH KEPT up their unrelenting pressure at La Baule, today (Saturday) in advance of tomorrow's Nations Cup Superleague clash. Kildare's Cian O'Connor once again delivered a strong message about Irish confidence at the French venue with a convincing Second Place in the La Baule Derby on <Irish Independent Casper>. Coming so quickly after Billy Twomey's decisive Grand Prix win last night at La Baule, and a clutch of Irish Firsts and Top Five places over the last few days, the seven opposing nations lined up for tomorrow's major competition must surely be feeling less and less certain of an easy victory.
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11th May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Cervia Italy 9-11 May 2003
Class N0 7 - 1.35m Tempo (Speed)
1) Daniel Etter (SUI) Wango, 2) Paolo Martinelli (ITA) Lucrezia, 3) Cameron Hanley (IRL) Rodrigo III
Class No. 8 - 1.45m Diff.Prog.
1) Oscar Baldo (ITA) Flurry D, 2) Conor Swail (IRL) Windgates King Koal, 3) Werner Muff (SUI) Lugano IX
Class No.9 - 1.40 Mixed (Fei Reg. 238.2.2 )
1) Philippe Rozier (FRA) Insolente, 2) Capt. Gerry Flynn (IRL) Rincoola Abu, 3) Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) Broere Maroen
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11th May 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSIO La Baule France 8-11 May 2003
Class No 8 CSI-O PRIX DU CASINO DE LA BAULE
1) OLIVIER GUILLON (FRA) HORIZON DU VALLON, 2) ROGER YVES BOST (FRA) SAFRAN DE GRAVELOTTE, 3) OTTO BECKER (GER) FILIAS
Class No. 9, CSI chevaux de 7 ans (7 yr old class), PRIX DES HARAS NATIONAUX
1) FLORIAN ANGOT (FRA) ISATIS D'LHERBAGE, 2) STEVE GUERDAT (SUI) LARISSA, 3) ROBERT BREUL (FRA) IONESCO DU MOULIN
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