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News Headlines 1st May 2004

Percheron First At The Royal Show
The Percheron - a heavy horse breed with its roots in medieval France and Arabia, but only introduced into Britain less than 90 years ago - is to stage its own National Championships at the 2004 Royal Show.
This is one of a number of new innovations in the equine classes at the Show, which also sees an open multiples class for the Withers LLP Coaching Marathon section.
"Having the National Championships at the Royal Show complements our existing Royal Bank of Scotland Heavy Horse section. And by using the Royal Show's dedicated equine display arena, the Percheron Society has been able to schedule in new classes," says Royal Show organiser, Debbie Dann.
"This will be the first year that these championships have included two new ridden classes for pure and 50% part-bred Percherons." Adding: "We're expecting as many as 40 animals to compete in total. Please click here for further details
The British Horse Society

British Horse Society announces new sponsorship for Approved Livery Yards
The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to announce a new sponsor for its successful Approved Livery yard scheme. Rag-Fork, the company made famous for its fight against ragwort in producing the easy to use fork of the same name, has joined continuing sponsors South Essex Insurance Brokers in support of improved horse welfare.

Announcing the sponsorship agreement BHS Head of Approvals Chris Doran said, "I am delighted that Rag-Fork has agreed to sponsor our scheme. Since the launch in July 2002 there has been huge interest from clients, proprietors and the media alike, and we now have over 220 approved livery yards registered with several more being processed. Rag-Fork is an ideal company to be linked with livery yards as controlling Ragwort is so important for horse welfare."
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Phelps Media Group, Inc. Casting For ABC Family Television Show - "Switched!"
WELLINGTON, FL – April 29, 2004 – Phelps Media Group, Inc. (PMG), a public relations firm focused on promoting events and people in the equestrian world, is casting for a junior rider to appear on the ABC Family television show "Switched!" The producers of the show are interested in profiling a rider aged 16 to 20 that is currently competing in any equestrian discipline.
"Switched!" is a new teen reality show that gives two young people between the ages of 16 and 20 the chance to simultaneously trade lives during a four-day adventure. The challenge is to see how each person will cope in a new environment – dealing with a new family, new school, new friends, new activities, and everything that involves trading a life with a counterpart somewhere else in the USA. The top-rated ABC show currently airs weekdays at 5pm.
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Equine Degree online
Now, for the first time, it is possible to earn your Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies degree completely online, enrolling anytime, working at your own pace and with no completion deadlines.
The degree program faculty is comprised of award winning trainers, riders, authors and veterinarians with outstanding records of accomplishment.
Success Is Easy, the world’s leading provider of online equine study courses, has affiliated with Breyer State University, a virtual university accredited by the Central States Consortium of Colleges and Schools. With an accelerated format (no general education courses required), students can expect to earn their degree within 18 to 24 months. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Modena Italy 30 April - 2 May 2004
Class 2.<Accademia Militare di Modena>
1) COMPANERO; VITALI ANTONIO (ITA)
2) FORTUNA FOREVER; BOLOGNI ARNALDO (ITA)
3) LIBERO BOY; TALBOT NIALL (IRL)
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Kentucky Derby Is Not the Only Horse Race Ready To Run New Lucky Stars Plush Collectibles Race into Children's Toy Stores
POINT ROBERTS, Wash., Delta, B.C April 30, 2004 - " And they're off..." Wild Heart Ranch is pleased to let avid horse fans know that the updated series of mini plush horses, 'Lucky Stars Collection' will be racing to stores this summer. Wild Heart will target equine and specialty stores with their new collectible plush horses. Competing against larger established plush manufacturers, Wild Heart's unique line of plush incorporating twinkling lights and stories, is sure to take the lead ! The Company's founders are horse owners themselves, so they know the equine market.
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News Headlines 30th April 2004

The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society urges all Horse Owners to obtain Final Draft of Ragwort code
The British Horse Society (BHS) has welcomed the final draft of the Ragwort code of practice recently published by Defra. However, there still remains an area of concern over guideline distances for risk assessment. The Society urges all horse owners, along with landowners and other grazing animal owners, to obtain a copy of the code, and to submit their comments.

The initial draft code of practice to prevent the spread of Ragwort was launched at the Royal International Horse Show last July and has since undergone rigorous scrutiny by interested organisations, including the BHS, Local Government Authority, Network Rail, Highways Agency and several conservation groups.
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Abbervaile Dream Retires

Dina & Robert Verburgt have announced the retirement of Abbervail Dream their, 17 year old international show jumper. Due to an injury at the 2003 St Gallen Nations Cup the horse has not made a sufficient recovery to return to the International circuit.
Abbervail Dreams partnership with Di Lampard made them one of the great and most reliable combinations in Britain for almost a decade. They started on 36 teams including two European Championships and two World Equestrian Games. At the 1998 European Championships they were instrumental in Great Britain winning a team bronze medal. In 1994 as a seven year old they won their first Queen Elizabeth II Cup and again in 1998, Abbervail Dream enabled Di to become the first lady rider to win the Cock o'the North Championship at the 1999 Great Yorkshire Show. Please click here for further details
SHOWTIME!
For decades, teenage girls have been searching for this book! Now it's finally available in SHOWTIME!, the exciting, true life adventures of a group of kids who show their horses in beautiful Southern California.
New author, Gayle Farmer, long time trainer and competitor herself, has written an action packed story about show jumping on the A Circuit that is presented from the young riders point of view.
DEL MAR, California. April 2004 - In an area already quite familiar with thoroughbred racing, another aspect of the horse world, in this case show jumping, is continuing to climb the ranks as one of the up and coming equine spectator sports of the area, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the action takes place, is a lure to all horse lovers.
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BRC NAF Novice Indoor Show Jumping Championships
The recent British Riding Clubs NAF Indoor Show Jumping Championships proved a resounding success with record entries for the BRC's first National Championship of 2004. Held over the 17th and 18th April at Hartpury College in Gloucester, the event saw 36 senior teams qualify and 26 teams representing the junior membership.
The event, sponsored by Natural Animal Feeds for the 3rd year in succession, featured jump offs on both days with a tense finish to both championships. Tracey Lloyd, Marketing Director for NAF, was on hand to award rosettes and prizes.
The senior competition took place on Saturday 17th and the record entry ensured that the team jump off was still in progress at 8.00 p.m. in the evening even with an 8.30 a.m. start to the competition. Sunday 18th played host the junior event with both days seeing teams travel across the UK from Scotland, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight. .Please click here for further details
EU Live Export ‘Failure’ Welcomed
Government urged to retain protection for horses or face public outcry
Viva! today welcomed news that the EU Agriculture Council has failed to reach agreement on the draft Regulations on Transportation of Animals. These proposals would have allowed transport times for live animals to be measured in days not hours and would have removed the existing protections which prevent British horses and ponies from being exported and slaughtered for meat. Please click here for further details
Blood-Horse Silent Auction to benefit March of Dimes
Blood-Horse Publications will hold its annual March of Dimes Fundraising Silent Auction on Thursday. There are over 100 great items that you don't want to miss! If you would like to bid online today, here is the link:
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CSI** Moorsele (Bel) 7-9 May 2004
The following riders have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show:- Please click here for further details

CSIPJ-A/B Le Touquet (France) 7-9 May 2004
The following riders have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show:- Please click here for further details

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI3* MODENA ITALY 30 APRIL-2 MAY 2004, CSI** FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCE 30 APRIL-2 MAY 2004, CSI3* MAUBEUGE FRANCE 30 APRIL-2 MAY 2004, CSIO COPENHAGEN DENMARK 5-9 MAY 2004, CSIO5* LA BAULE FRANCE 6-9 MAY 2004, CDI3* BARZAGO ITALY 7-9 MAY 2004, CAI-4(W), CAI-P/A WINDSOR GREAT BRITAIN 12-16 MAY 2004, CEI3* SOUTH DOWNS GREAT BRITAIN 15 MAY 2004, CCI3* SAUMUR FRANCE 20-23 MAY 2004, CIC2* FLOORS CASTLE SCOTLAND 22-23 MAY 2004, CCI2* WINDSOR GREAT BRITAIN 27-30 MAY 2004
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News Headlines 29th April 2004

Stubbing Court Showcases Horsey Careers
Chesterfield-based Stubbing Court Training (SCT) promoted its Work Based Learning opportunities in the Horse Care Industry at high profile events in Derby and Chesterfield last month.
The Derbyshire Skills Festival - organised by the Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council - was held at Pride Park in Derby and at the Chesterfield Hotel in Chesterfield.
Aimed at local 14-16 year olds, the event showcased a wide variety of exciting career opportunities available following compulsory education. The whole Festival saw in excess of 8,000 visitors from 56 Derbyshire schools and the wider community.
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The British Horse Society

New British Horse Society Development Officer for Southern Region
The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to introduce Andrea Jackman as the new BHS Development Officer (DO) for the Southern region. Andrea joins The Society from a management consultancy where she has worked for 17 years. Andrea has ridden since the age of four, and delightfully describes herself as a "happy hacker".Please click here for further details

Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II Victorious at Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
Lexington, Kentucky – Darren Chiacchia of Buffalo, NY, emerged victorious at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event held April 21-25 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Competing in the Bayer Modified Four Star division open only to horse/rider combinations already qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Chiacchia earned the victory with a total score of 45.2 penalty points and ensured his position as one of the United States Equestrian Team’s top hopefuls for the Olympics. Please click here for further details
Hanoverian Horse Happenings
Spring 2004 : Articles for this Issue
From Germany - Breeding Statistics Compared to US - 2003
From the USA - Mare Pregnancy Analysis & 5 Year Foal Data
From Vista Ridge Farm - Wonderful Hanoverian Foals - 2004
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Irish Sport Horses compete in Italy and France
The Sony Ericsson FEI World Cup Final took place over three days in Milan last weekend with Hilton Flight (ISH), ridden by Richard Spooner (USA), coming eighth in Fridays second round and eleventh ! in Sundays third round to finish overall twelfth in the €205,128 finale.
Ado Annie (ISH) and her rider Will Simpson (USA) also competed at Milan, finishing tenth in Sundays Milano Grand Prix.
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Yann Candele and Mill Creek Sweet Dream Enjoy Top 12 Finish at World Cup Final
Milan, Italy – Canadian-based show jumping athlete Yann Candele of France concluded his World Cup Final debut with a top 12 finish riding Mill Creek Sweet Dream for owner Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON.
Consisting of three legs of competition, the 2004 World Cup Final held April 22-25 in Milan, Italy, saw 41 of the world’s biggest names in show jumping competing for international accolades.Please click here for further details

News Headlines 28th April 2004

Horse Welfare Charity Outraged at Failure of EU to Agree New Animal Welfare Legislation
Yesterday, Monday 26th April the Council of Ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, failed to reach a compromise agreement on improved welfare conditions for animals in transport within the EU.
Comments Jo White, Campaigns Manager at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "We are bitterly disappointed and frustrated that improvements to the current conditions in which horses are transported into and across the EU for slaughter, will not now be introduced. Please click here for further details

Sheepgate Tack & Togs rewards loyal shoppers
A new scheme to encourage and reward loyal customers has been launched by Sheepgate Equestrian’s popular country and equestrian shopping emporium Tack & Togs at Boston, Lincs.
The shop has recently launched its own Loyalty Card scheme, whereby shoppers who spend in excess of £10 will earn Loyalty Points towards future discounts.
Tack & Togs, which recently unveiled its new Spring/Summer collection of leading country and equestrian brands, will also feature special promotions throughout the year. Please click here for further details
Pfizer supports Air Ambulance
Pfizer Ltd, international pharmaceutical company and manufacturer of one of the leading brands of horse wormer in the UK, Strongidä-P, has chosen the Air Ambulance Foundation as its preferred charity for 2004.
Providing a vital service throughout the UK, the Air Ambulance Foundation has also long been recognised as a mainstay for emergency medical care within the equestrian sporting world. Please click here for further details
HorseTV Media Group Launches 24/7 HorseTV iChannel on Internet
Houston, TX - HorseTV Media Group launched the HorseTV iChannel on the Internet on April 26th in an expansion of its current television operations. The 24/7 equestrian programming service will be available on a subscription basis to the rapidly growing universe of horseenthusiasts with access to broadband Internet connections.
The iChannel is a companion to HorseTV’s current national television broadcast schedule and is the company’s next step toward its plannedlaunch later this year of a dedicated full-time equestrian network Please click here for further details
Horsebox theft on the increase in Home Counties.
Horsebox theft is on the increase in the Home Counties, warns South Essex Insurance Brokers, with vehicles left unattended at stables or livery yards being most at risk.
Three vehicles, one worth £30,000, were stolen on one night. After another spate of thefts in early April, one owner located his vehicle after a tip-off and police subsequently recovered it together with five others.
South Essex recommends that, if possible, horseboxes should be kept at home. If not then, owners should look at livery yards or stables with CCTV. Any horsebox left overnight or for long periods should be immobilised, the company suggests.Please click here for further details
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
27 April 2004
FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING FINAL : TRIUMPH FOR BRUNO BROUCQSAULT AND DILEME DE CEPHE
FROM THE USA: Kim Severson and Winsome Adante Claim Second Victory in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI 4* Presented by Bayer
WORLD CUP DRIVING : Michael Freud wins third World Cup Title
IN MEMORIAM
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UPDATE: Engle Still Targeting Selection Trials—Broken Hip or Not!
San Juan Capistrano, CA—April 27, 2004—“I am trying to work towards competing in the Trials if it is at all possible,” said 2000 Sydney Olympic veteran and eight-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year Margie Goldstein Engle. “The doctors are not sure if this is possible, but they are helping me with an accelerated rehabilitation program, but cautioning me that bones only heal so fast, so there is a high risk of re-injury.”
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Blackledge Wins USEF Reining Seat Medal Championship
Keri Blackledge, 16, of Costa Mesa, California, and her buckskin Quarter Horse, Sundance Dun It, were named the 2004 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Reining Seat Medal Champion on Saturday night, April 24, at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
The USAE Reining Seat Medal Class was judged on each exhibitor's riding form and ability to perform traditional reining patterns. The competition is open to junior and amateur riders showing any breed of horse. Qualifying classes were held throughout the country. The finals were held over two rounds of competition with scores from both rounds combined to determine the champion. Please click here for further details
Book Signing with Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara D. Livingston
LEXINGTON, KY - Award-winning Thoroughbred photographer Barbara D. Livingston will be signing copies of her books Old Friends and Four Seasons of Racing at Heritage Booksellers, Louisville International Airport on Sunday, May 2, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Old Friends: Visits with My Favorite Thoroughbreds (Eclipse Press, 2003) combines Livingston's vivid photography with poignant essays that offer tribute to aging Thoroughbreds who once commanded center stage. Livingston recounts the storied pasts of these great horses and stirs the embers of their glory days.
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News Headlines 27th April 2004

Deadlock In Animal Welfare Talks
The UK Government has expressed regret at the failure by EU Ministers to agree improvements to the welfare of farm animals in transit. The UK was one of a number of countries that felt the package of proposed measures did not go far enough.
Speaking in Luxembourg, the UK's Animal Welfare Minister Ben Bradshaw said:
"I am bitterly disappointed at the lost opportunity but the proposed changes would not have improved animal welfare significantly and in some areas would have made matters worse. That is why the UK should not support them. Please click here for further details
The British Horse Society

Sue McMullen to head The British Horse Society Media Office
Sue McMullen is to join The British Horse Society in May as the new Media & Public Liaison Manager. Sue has previously worked in the field of marketing and PR, and is a freelance journalist, particularly in the areas of horse management issues.
Sue has a keen interest in horses, having part-owned a successful flat racer and Point to Pointer. Sue currently owns a horse and enjoys the areas of classical riding, racing and jumping. Please click here for further details

River Grove Farm And Sun Valley Offer 30 Days Of Paradise For Winning Bidder Of Debbie McDonald Auction Package At “Celebrate With The Champions”
WELLINGTON, FL – April 26, 2004 – “Summer is the most popular time for people to come to River Grove Farm because it’s an unbelievable place at that time of year, not just for riding but for families as well,” states Jane Thomas, daughter of Peggy and Parry Thomas – the farm owners and sponsors of Debbie McDonald and her Olympic-hopeful dressage mount Brentina. As a team fundraiser, McDonald has offered for auction a month’s training with her at River Grove Farm including board for a horse and accommodations at a condominium in Sun Valley, Idaho. The auction is set for June 19 at “Celebrate With The Champions,” a fiesta benefiting the USET Foundation at the Dressage Olympic Selection Trials in San Juan Capistrano, California.
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Cara Raether And News Capture $50,000 EMO Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (April 26, 2004)—Cara Raether of North Palm Beach, Florida, and News owned by her family's Trelawny Farm Inc., defeated a field of twenty-six to win Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper. Raether, who trains with Katie and Henri Prudent of France, divides her time between competing in Europe and the U.S. Callan Solem of Colts Neck, New Jersey, and Mianta, co-owned by Quiet Winter Farm and Redfield Farm, took second place in the competition. Kate Levy of South Salem, New York, and her horse Funny De Liere finished in third place. Please click here for further details
Selection Procedures for Athens Paralympic Games Now Available on NDSA Equestrian Website
Kingston, RI—April 26, 2004—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) has announced that the dressage selection procedures for this summer’s Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, are now available by visiting the NDSA Equestrian website at www.ndsaequestrian.org.
The selection trial will take place during Good Horseman’s Dressage in the Horse Park at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA, May 1-2, and will determine the Short List of riders for the Paralympic Games. The competition will also serve as the 2004 NDSA Championship.
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News Headlines 26th April 2004

Kim Severson and Winsome Adante Claim Second Victory in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Lexington, KY—April 25, 2004 — Kim Severson and Winsome Adante led the field from start to finish to claim victory in the 2004 CCI**** Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
The winner in 2002, a broken leg prevented Severson from defending her title last year, but Three-Day Eventing fans were thrilled to see the 30-year-old Virginia native return to the winner’s circle. Severson of Keene, VA, took the early lead on Friday with a dressage performance that garnered a score of 37 penalty points from the international panel of judges. Throughout the next two phases, cross-country and stadium jumping, Severson and Winsome Adante were perfection personified, adding nothing to their opening score to claim their second Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the four-star level. Riding Over The Limit, Severson also won the three-star division of the event in 1999, the final year the CCI*** was held. Please click here for further details
The FEI

FEI World Cup Jumping News: Triumph For Bruno And Heartbreak For Meredith As Dileme De Cephe Takes Title For France.....
Bruno Broucqsault became the first Frenchman to claim the title when, thanks to sheer genius of his 13 year old gelding Dileme de Cephe, he snatched victory in a thrilling finish to the Sony Ericsson FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Milan today.
Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was second, denied a two-way jump off with the 45 year old French rider by what seemed like nothing short of massive injustice when, after a first-round effort that was nothing short of perfection, a slight second-round error cost her dearly.
Markus Fuchs picked up just four faults on this final day with Tinka’s Boy to place third ahead of Eugenie Angot and the brilliant Cigale du Tallis from France who were the only partnership to match the winner’s double-clear performance.
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Show Jumping Result: LIM Timberframe Grand Prix League : O'Connor takes Louth County Show
IN blazing sunshine, and with an enthusiastic crowd to cheer on the combatants, Louth County's Grand Prix ended today (Sunday) in a classic three horse shoot-out, with 24 yr old Cian O'Connor finally emerging the victor on his new mare, <Irish Independent Annabella>.
Thirty-eight combinations started, but only eleven made the jump-off, and with two horses left to jump, League veteran James Kernan was in the lead with a double clear on his own <Out of Touch>. However, Co. Down ace Conor Swail follows James into the arena, and clipped fractions of a second off his time with <Conduct>.
But last man to jump, Meath-based Cian O'Connor, rode his nine yr old mare through Tom Holden's course in a brilliant display of speed jumping, finishing almost three seconds ahead of Swail. Please click here for further details

O'Flynn On Comeback Trail At Ballindenisk
THOUGH hospitalised for weeks after a serious accident last year, Kildare-based Event rider Jane O'Flynn proved that she is unequivocally on the comeback trail, after a second place in today's (Sunday) three-star event at Ballindenisk, Cork.
Recently long-listed for the 2004 Olympics, O'Flynn was in a critical condition in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital last August after being airlifted from a One-Day Event in Richill, Co. Armagh, following a fall. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Vittel France 23-25 April 2004
Vittel GRAND PRIX, 1m50 Table A with Jump Off
1) Osta Rugs Tresor; JC Vangeenberghe (BEL)
2) Pro Pilot ll; Edouard Couperie (FRA)
3) Cyrenaika; Phillipe Leoni (FRA)
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News Headlines 25th April 2004

Kim Severson Maintains Lead Following Cross-Country at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Lexington, KY—April 24, 2004—With a penalty-free cross-country performance, Kim Severson of Keene, VA, maintained her lead following the second of three phases at the CCI**** Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, running April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
The winners in 2002, Severson and Winsome Andante, had posted a dressage score of 37 penalty points on Friday to put them well into the lead from a starting field of 44 entries. A perfect cross-country performance meant nothing was added to it, allowing Severson to maintain her position atop the 33 horse-rider combinations that completed Saturday’s challenging test.
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Groom's Choice Products to Support Elite Grooms
Groom's Choice Equestrian Products are to reward elite show jumping grooms this summer.
The groom in charge of the winning horse in selected classes, at show jumping competitions across the country, will receive a trendy rucksack - which contains not only a variety of Groom's Choice products, waterproof jacket and baseball cap but also a bottle of bubbly and chocolates as a reward for all their hard work. The 2nd and 3rd placed will also receive a smaller bag that is also full of top quality products. Groom's Choice has also kindly agreed to award winners' rucksacks to the grooms of the first 3 placed horses in the Kings and Queens Cups and the Derby at Hickstead.
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Old Fashioned Feeding Gets the Chop!
Super Molichop, as one of the very first bagged fibre feeds, has earned the well -deserved reputation as a top quality, staple horse feed, which is highly palatable and convenient to feed.
Fibre is an essential part of a horse’s diet, and at least 50% of its daily food intake should be fibre. Fibre with its high digestible energy provides a high energy level, which is released in a controlled and sustained way.
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The British Horse Society

Visit The British Horse Society at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
Well you can tell spring is here with the start of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Thursday 29 April - Sunday 1 May, next week, and as usual the BHS will have a trade stand at the event.

This year brings an action packed stand. Not only will it be full of horse books and gifts, information and members of the BHS staff to answer all your queries, book signings with some top eventing stars, and the launch of new BHS Welfare initiatives will take place.
The 'First Horse Owner Information Pack' will make its debut appearance to the public on Saturday 1 May. Produced by the Welfare department in response to over 30,000 welfare queries a year, the pack aims to provide prospective horse owners, and new owners, with information ranging from how much it costs to keep a horse or pony, to advice on feeding, vaccinations, and worming. Please click here for further details
New sponsor Ford gives a prize boost to the Eventing Grand Prix
The winner of the Eventing Grand Prix at this year's Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 21-25) will get a year's loan of a luxury, 4x4 Ford Ranger Thunder worth more than £18,000 and provided by new sponsor, Ford of Britain
It will mean the winner of the now annual duel between event riders and showjumpers will take home, not only a brand new vehicle but £3,000 in cash as well.
The Ford Ranger Eventing Grand Prix, scheduled this year for the second day of the show (Thursday, July 22) at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, is unique to the international show circuit.
Entry is by invitation only, and the course, starting and finishing in the International Arena, includes many of Hickstead's famous permanent obstacles, showjumps and a section outside the arena consisting of specially designed, cross-country jumps including a river crossing.Please click here for further details
APHA

More than $1 million paid out to 2,277 participants
APHA awards record Breeders Trust payout

FORT WORTH, Texas—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently paid out more than $1 million to Paint Horse breeders and owners as part of its successful Breeders Trust incentive program. The record payout of $1,002,175.50, which was distributed to 2,277 people, represents a 9.3 percent increase over the amount awarded last year, and a 514 percent increase over the program’s first payout of $163,217 in 1997. Since that time, APHA has paid out more than $3.9 million through Breeders Trust. Please click here for further details

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