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12th July 2003

World Class Stunts Headline At Horse Of The Year Show
This year's Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) which returns to the NEC Arena Birmingham from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st September promises to be one of the most dramatic ever as organisers Grandstand Media Limited today announced details of the headline display for the 2003 show. Long established as the pre-eminent event for unique displays and family entertainment, Horse of the Year Show's tradition of innovative ideas will continue this year with a bespoke headline display featuring amazing trick riding and unique stunts.
The headline display, which is billed as a 'HOYS Epic' is the moving story of Equitis Virtus (The Brave Horseman), sponsored by Zinc Management. Set in the days of the Roman Empire, this action-packed feature presentation tells the story of a peasant farmer who is enslaved and trained to be a gladiator. Amazing stunt riding enters a new era in this specially choreographed display, performed in full Roman costume and boasting some of the country's leading professional stuntmen from both film and television who have been brought together for this unique performance.
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12th July 2003

Ireland finish 4th in Nations Cup in Sweden
The loss of Trevor Coyle possibly deprived Ireland of another international success in the Samsung Nations Cup at Falsterbo Sweden today, with the Irish having to settle for fourth place behind Sweden, USA and the Netherlands. Chef d'Equipe Gerry Mullins said afterwards that he believed Ireland could have won the competition had Coyle, who would have ridden Fleur, not been forced to withdraw due to a hand injury.
Lying just a time penalty point off the lead after the first round, the Irish challenge continued with Clement McMahon steering Gelvin Clover clear for a second time, while Lt. Shane Carey on Killossory and Peter Charles with Carnavelly followed with just one down and a penalty point each. However, a stunning three second-round clears in a row by the Swedish team wrapped up the competition to the delight of the home crowd.
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12th July 2003

New state legislation provides funds for LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Health Studies Program
BATON ROUGE – The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) will receive funds from tax revenue generated from slot machines placed in racetracks throughout the state, part of a bill recently passed in the Louisiana Legislature.
“The $750,000 of annually-recurring funding approved will have a dramatic effect on the EHSP by helping to enhance and sustain the research, educational and service mission of our program, and it will move us that much closer to reaching our goal of becoming one of the premier equine biomedical centers in the nation,” said Michael G. Groves, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine
The bill (House Bill #88) was authored by veterinarian and State Rep. Dr. Michael G. “Mike” Strain, R-Covington, co-authored by several other legislators and endorsed by a broad-based group of constituents in the equine industry and in the veterinary profession.
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12th July 2003

Smith Wins $10,000 Mini Prix at Vermont Summer Festival

East Dorset, VT—July 11, 2003-- Kristi Smith of Rockport, MA, aboard Jennieta, owned by Knights Fork Inc., won the $10,000 Open Mini Prix at the Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13. The class was the first of five mini-prix that will highlight each Friday of the Vermont Summer Festival at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, July 9-August 10.

Out of a field of twenty horse-and-rider combinations, Smith was one of only four pairs to complete the first round course fault-free to qualify to ride over the shortened jump-off course. In the end, she was the only rider to produce double clear rounds with a time of 40.524 seconds.
Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, Fl, who rode first in the class, earned second place aboard Aguila, owned by Sir Ruly Inc. Torano finished the jump-off course in a time of 38.408 seconds but dropped a rail to give him four faults and the second place ribbon.
Caroline Vander Hyden rode her Paganini to the third place finish in the class. She posted a time of 39.921 seconds and four faults in the jump-off.
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12th July 2003

USET Show Jumping Developing Riders Place Second in Falsterbo Nations’ Cup
Gladstone, NJ—July 11, 2003— Show jumping riders on the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Developing Rider Tour placed second in the Samsung Nations’ Cup in Falsterbo, Sweden, July 11.
The team, beginning its 2003 European Tour, was headed by USET veteran rider Candice King of Wellington, FL, and included Developing Riders John French of Redwood City, CA; Marley Goodman of Palm Beach, FL; and Laura Linback of Mundelein, IL.
Goodman posted a double-clear ride to boost the U.S. team to its second place finish with 11 total faults, behind host country Sweden who had five faults. With 14 faults, the Dutch team finished third.
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12th July 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Wallslough Win Puts Marshall Into Second
Ballyclare's Harry Marshall climbed into second place in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League with a superb victory at Wallslough today (Friday), his third consecutive success in the series.
Marshall, riding his own horse Splendido, produced one of only two double-clear rounds, and his time of 47.11 was almost four seconds clear of runner-up Taylor Vard on Collins 5.
The victory takes Marshall to within eight points of League leader James Kernan, who didn't make it into today's jump-off.
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12th July 2003
USA Equestrian
Kentucky Horse Park To Bid For 2010 World Equestrian Games
The USA Equestrian Board of Directors, acting on the recommendation of the FEI Competitions Committee, granted to the Kentucky Horse Park the right to bid on behalf of the United States for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Bid preparation will continue until October 2004, when final bids are due to the FEI in Lausanne, Switzerland.
John Nicholson, Director of the Kentucky Horse Park says, “We remain confident that the Kentucky Horse Park can produce a World Equestrian Games that will make our country and the world proud. The Horse Park is blessed with a number of world-class facilities and we are intent on adding even more. I am excited about the future.”
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12th July 2003

Georgia International Horse Trials Hires H&N Equestrian Productions
Georgia International Horse Trials (GIHT) announced today that it has hired H&N Equestrian Productions to provide its media services. The inaugural four-star three-day event (CCI****) to be held in the fall of 2005 has begun its public relations campaign to launch the second only North America championship event at the highest level in the sport of eventing. With only five competitions on the international calendar, GIHT is in a unique position to expand the sport not only in North America but also across the globe.
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12th July 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO***** Falsterbo Sweden 10 - 13 July 2003
Stiftelsen Falsterbo Horse Show Pris
International Jumping Competition
1) MISS MONTANA; Emile TACKEN (Ned)
2) ZIXTEN; Maria GRETZER (Swe)
3) LISMAKIN; Lt Shane CAREY (IRL)
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11th July 2003
British children's author inspired by Afghan boy
An amazing trek to freedom made by a little Afghan boy and his baby donkey is now the subject of a new children's book by a top selling British author. Fayim's Incredible Journey is a true story about seven-year-old Fayim Kalim, who fled the troubles in his homeland with his family and eight month-old donkey, called Baby. The book tells how Fayim trekked for fourteen days from north of Kabul, through the Khyber Pass - one of the most dangerous roads on earth - to the safety of a Pakistan refugee camp. The trek, also made by thousands of other refugees in the aftermath of September 2001, exacted a terrible toll on people and their animals.
Author Tessa Krailing was inspired to write the book after learning how the Brooke Hospital for Animals, a British animal welfare charity, stepped in to help Fayim and his donkey. Brooke mobile veterinary clinics gave free treatment and food rations to the working horses and donkeys of refugees arriving at the Peshawar refugee camp
The Brooke's Head of International Development Dr Bill Swann met courageous Fayim. "In many cases these animals represent the only remaining wealth of refugee families," Bill said at the time. "Baby the donkey may be small now but before too long it may be the family's only means of transport and income." Tessa, the author of twenty books, is donating her fee and royalties from this book to the Brooke.
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11th July 2003

Summer products from Equitector
The Equitector Paddock Boot and Prairie Master are both made out of rich brown waterproof Nubuck Leather and are ideal riding and yard boots for the season.
With the Easy Rider balance system these boots with give you that superior ride and make you feel more secure in the saddle. The system also eases back stress for back ache sufferers.
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11th July 2003
The British Horse Society Local equestrian centre steps in to save disappointed children
British Horse Society (BHS) approved Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre, near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, has stepped in to save a group of young horse riders from being disappointed following the cancellation of a trip to France. The six youngsters from across England were expecting to spend a week in Normandy, joining in a festival of riding tracing the routes used by William the Conqueror, but two weeks before they were due to depart the French organisers were forced to cancel the event.
The BHS, who dealt with the initial invitation, was aware of how disappointed the riders would be, and asked Jacqueline Rider of Glen Tanar Equestrian if it was possible for the group to spend a week riding in the outstanding countryside around Glen Tanar. Jacqueline was delighted to help out and so all the youngsters have been enjoying the rugged scenery of the Grampians seen from the back of a horse.
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11th July 2003

Record Crowds Again At Newmarket
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket, said: ‘We were almost 1,000 up on Ladies Day and achieved the same on Wednesday - the overall increase for the first two days is a pleasing 11.7% over last year. ’Another high-quality card allied to some great summer weather has brought in many more racegoers. We are delighted with how the 2003 July Meeting is going.’
The appearance of Australian sprinting sensation Choisir in today’s Group One £250,000 Darley July Cup means that Newmarket Racecourse will have a strong Aussie flavour.
All Australian passport holders will gain half-price admission to the racecourse on Thursday, July 10, and it is hoped, that with so many Australians living in London, a lot of them will come to Newmarket to support the horse who has so enthralled the Australian public.
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11th July 2003
SCOPE video clips are now on-line
Video clips of the foals, yearlings, and two-year-olds selected for the inaugural SCOPE Auction may now be viewed at http://www.scope-auction.com
SCOPE Auction is Ireland's elite auction, with all horses selected by a committee of three retired Olympians and the chairman of the KWPN stallion
inspection committee. All the young horses are born in Ireland, carry world-class performance bloodlines, and are registered either with the Irish Horse Register or the KWPN.
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11th July 2003

Coyle out of today's Nations Cup team in Sweden
A hand injury has ruled Trevor Coyle out of the Irish team taking part in today's Falsterbo Nations Cup in Sweden, due to get underway around 2pm Irish time. Clem McMahon has been drafted into the team, and will ride Gelvin Clover. The loss of Coyle, who would have ridden the impressive Fleur, was described as a major blow by Chef d'Equipe Gerry Mullins. However he expressed confidence in the four riders who will now represent Ireland in a bid to continue what has been an impressive Nations Cup season to date. Ireland will be 9th to jump in today's event.
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11th July 2003

Engle Wins Third Consecutive $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix, To Highlight I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid Horse Shows Complete Most Successful Year Ever
Lake Placid, NY—July 9, 2003— The 2003 Lake Placid Horse Shows were the most successful in their 34-year history. The success of the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show and 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show were evident in several regards including number of entries, weather, and celebrity turnout. Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress Glenn Close and CNN’s Lou Dobbs were all on hand to see their daughters compete
Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won the $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix for an unprecedented third consecutive year during the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 2 – 6, 2003 the second of this year’s Lake Placid Horse Shows.
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11th July 2003

Vermont Summer Festival Crowns Hunter Champions
East Dorset, VT—July 10, 2003—The Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, has crowned the first champions during the Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13, which is the first of five weeks of horse show competition at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
After their first phases of competition on July 9, the First Year Green Working Hunter horse-and-rider combinations competed over fences on July 10 to conclude their division.
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11th July 2003
USA Equestrian
Approved Rule Changes Now Available
The USA Equestrian Board of Directors approved rule changes to the 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book on July 8, 2003.
Approved rule changes are located at http://www.equestrian.org/rulechange/index.asp on the Federation website. Additionally, the 2003 Rule Book on the website has been updated with all rule changes effective to-date.
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11th July 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO***** Falsterbo Sweden 10 - 13 July 2003
MCR Cup International Jumping Competition
1) KILLOSSERY KRUISETTE; Lt David O'BRIEN (IRL)
2) FORRESTER 4; Soren PEDERSEN (DEN)
3) ZIXTEN; Maria GRETZER (SWE)
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10th July 2003

Cheltenham National Hunt Festival
Tuesday 16th March 2004 ; Champion Hurdles Day
Package Includes: Admission Badge, Full Champagne Reception, Morning Coffee & Croissants, Complimentary Bar - Open all day, Four course Silver Served Luncheon with Wines, Ports and Brandies and much more!
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10th July 2003

Champion show jumper takes ABRS teaching qualification
Champion show jumper of the 1970’s and 80’s Lionel Dunning has joined the elite teaching ranks of the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) by achieving his ABRS Teaching Certificate.
A well-known face on the international show jumping circuit in the 1970’s and 80’s when show jumping was a favoured television sport, Lionel won the prestigious leading rider of the year gold medal at Hickstead in 1979 and holds 10 titles in the Guinness Book of Records for show jumping achievements. He helped train world champion show jumper Dermott Lennon, Olympic medallist Tim Grubb, 14 riders who have gone on to compete on the British Team, four European Young Rider champions, one Junior European Champion and four event riders who have competed in the European championships. In 1999 he trained Addy Lebowth to win the Palestinian Derby.
Lionel now specialises in teaching riding in the Middle East. He says: “There is a growing demand for those of us with a professional sporting track record to also have a formal teaching qualification and I found the ABRS Teaching Certificate was the best suited to my particular needs. I strongly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.”
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10th July 2003

An Evening with Mary King
The challenge of a lifetime is leading a young Gloucestershire woman into a frenzy of fundraising.
Verity Jarvis, 23, of Newent, Glos, is determined to raise enough money to allow her to go to Patagonia, Argentina on an ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Challenge Ride in November this year.

Comments Verity, "I've been riding since I was 10 and have taken my horse up to Intermediate level in eventing, but I felt that I would like to do something else with horses that was exciting. "The ILPH is my favourite charity so it's wonderful to be able to go on exciting horse holiday with lots of like minded people - and having the challenge of raising the money in order to do so is, extremely stimulating, if a little unnerving !"
Verity is organising an Evening with Mary King at Hartpury College on Friday July 25th when Mary will be working several of her highly successful event horses and answering questions.
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10th July 2003
Photographic Highlights From The 2003 Lake Placid Horse Show
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10th July 2003
Irish Dressage Teams Announced
The chairman of the Dressage Ireland International Affairs committee Mrs Joan Keogh announced yesterday (Tuesday 8th July 2003) that Melanie Mackey from Clogheen, County Cork has been selected to compete for Ireland at the FEI Pony European Championships.
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10th July 2003

Lenkart Wins $25,000 High Prairie Grand Prix
Parker, CO—Scott Lenkart has finished in the ribbons at the grand prix at High Prairie Farms in years prior, but Saturday marked his first victory in Colorado. Lenkart’s win with Winston Stables’ Belgian-bred Nautica in the $25,000 High Prairie Grand Prix was the reward for traveling each July from Minnesota to Parker for the past five years. Although Lenkart may have questioned his luck when he drew the first position in the order of go, he rose to the challenge and delivered a clear round over the Scott Starnes’ course.
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10th July 2003

Usborne Books at Home
I've loved horses since before I can remember. As soon as I could read, I devoured every horse book I could find. I'm now married with two children, and haven't outgrown either my love for horses or books--especially books about horses. When I discovered Usborne Books, the first thing I did was check out what was available in my favorite subject. I was delighted to find that the clever people at Usborne know we horse-people love to read about our favorite subject! Here are some of my favorite Usborne horse books.
Dictionary of Horses and Ponies is an essential and comprehensive guide to all aspects of horses and ponies : Grooming & Stable Management is a guide to help manage the day-to-day care of horses and ponies, whether they live out at grass or in a stable. : Also available is a Horses and Ponies Kid Kit. Learn about different horse breeds in this informative kit. One of many fiction titles offered is Midnight Horse. If you are interested in any of these titles, or the many other horse selections Usborne Books offers, visit my website at: http://www.ubah.com/L1216 and type "horses" in the search field. Happy reading to all you horse lovers out there!
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10th July 2003

Vermont Summer Festival Begins Five Weeks of Equestrian Competition

East Dorset, VT—July 9, 2003— Louise Serio of Kennett Square, PA, dominated hunter competition as the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, opened its five weeks of competition at the Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vermont. The Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13, kicks off the five weeks of competition in the mountains.

Serio took home blue ribbons from several of the day’s featured events in the hunter rings. Serio rode Gray Slipper, owned by Bridget Hallman, to a first and second place finish in the over fences phase of competition in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division. The pair then went on to take top honors in the under saddle portion of competition.
Serio also earned a blue ribbon earlier in the day with another of Hallman’s horses. Aboard Laissez Faire, Serio earned a win over fences in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division. Please click here for further details
10th July 2003
2003 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic September 3-7, 2003
The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic brings the excitement of powerful horses and exciting show jumping competition to the Boston area on September 3rd and 7th. The only Grand Prix event in the Boston area and is dubbed the premier social sporting event of the season by the Boston Globe, this is world class show jumping at its finest. It attracts some of the top riders and horses in the country who have represented the United States internationally. This year's $50,000 Grand Prix will draw a field of some 40 competitors vying for first place. Grand Prix is the highest level of show jumping in the sport and tests both skill and speed over a complex course of obstacles.
Gourmet food, exhibitors' tents filled with artwork and horse-related items and gifts, pony rides for children, and intermission entertainment will add to the ambiance of a festive late summer weekend
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10th July 2003
David Yurman Celebrates 10th Year at the Hampton Classic
Expanded participation includes Opening Day “$20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge” and David Yurman introduces the Hampton Classic commemorative pin
David Yurman “Thoroughbred Collection” is again the Official Timepiece
Bridgehampton, NY—July 9, 2002— David Yurman, the fine jewelry designer and long time resident of the Hamptons, will celebrate ten years as a loyal supporter of the Hampton Classic Horse Show with an expanded presence in 2003! This year David Yurman is designated as the Official Timepiece and Jewelry Designer of the Hampton Classic. The acclaimed designer will also create a special Hampton Classic pin that will be sold to raise funds for the Hampton Classic and its designated beneficiary, Southampton Hospital.
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10th July 2003

Young Rider European Championships
Le Touquet - France 3 - 6 July 2003

The 2003 Young Rider Championships were hosted in the beautiful city of Le Touquet, France from 3 - 6 July 2003.
The Team competition was held on Friday with a total of 13 teams forward. The German team were outstanding throughout the whole competition finishing in the Gold Medal position on a score of 1 fault with Nederlands in Silver Medal position on a total score of 15 faults. Norway finished in Bronze position on a total of 18 faults.
The British team finished in 6th position on a total of 27 faults.
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10th July 2003
Medieval Hunting
Richard Almond
The latest book on all aspects of hunting in medieval European society Includes 50 stunning illustrations Offers a historical perspective on current debates about hunting and countryside use
Hunting was a major economic and leisure occupation throughout the European Middle Ages, and while it has featured in studies of medieval literature, there is no study of the methods, techniques and social history of hunting itself.
Richard Almond's book brings vividly to life hunting as an economic necessity and as an expression of medieval humanity's sense of oneness with nature. It will dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings about hunting, including the view that it was chiefly an aristocratic pursuit, and a male one at that! Richard Almond shows that hunting (in which he includes fishing, hawking and poaching) was enjoyed by all classes and by women as well as men.
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10th July 2003
Come alive in the Brecks
# Birthplace of Boudicca, heaving with history
# A haven for wildlife with a mysterious and strangely beautiful landscape
# A retreat from busy Britain with outstanding hospitality
# A place to walk, cycle, ride and explore with space to come alive
The Brecks covers 370 square miles of forests, heathlands, chalk streams, twisted pine belts, wetlands and arable farmland and is an area of unusual natural beauty and distinctiveness. Centered around the ancient town of Thetford, the Brecks encompasses the towns of Swaffham, Brandon and Mildenhall.
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10th July 2003

CSIO***** Hickstead (GBR) 23 - 27 July 2003
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show TEAM MANAGER Derek Ricketts from Bicester, OXON.
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9th July 2003
The British Horse Society The BHS Makes Finding Livery Easier
The British Horse Society is making it easier for owners to find caring and efficient livery yards by displaying a list of approved establishments on its website.
"We now have more than 90 yards which have been approved under our new Livery Yard Scheme and over 40 more waiting to be added to the list," said BHS chief executive Kay Driver.
"Displaying them on our website takes us into the second phase of this scheme, which is to provide a nationwide list of establishments that have passed the very close scrutiny of our inspectors." Membership entitles proprietors to display a special green plaque.
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9th July 2003
SCOPE Catalogue is Now On-Line
Catalogue pages for most of the 24 super foals, yearlings, and two-year-olds selected for the SCOPE Elite Auction can now be viewed at http://www.scope-auction.com In a few days pages for the rest of the horses will be published and video clips will be available for viewing.
You will find beautifully bred, athletic, well-conformed young horses with world-class performance bloodlines. All are registered with either the Irish Horse Board or the KWPN.
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9th July 2003

Trot along to Devon for a truly rural escape
There is nothing better than escaping on a long ride to get away from the routines of everyday life, yet why do so many of us make do with the same monotonous rides when Great Britain has so much more to offer?
In a recent survey* Devon was revealed as the 'horsiest county in England'. Not only has it been recognised for its outstanding equestrian activities and facilities, but also as home to an abundance of bridleways offering a variety of challenges amongst some of Britain's most attractive countryside.
However, the difficulties of finding your way around unknown territory can be off-putting and stressful. The answer to this is simple - be sure to pack a good map! It will help you locate even the most hidden bridleways, resulting in a more satisfying and personalised escape.
Ordnance Survey's range of Explorer maps provides equine enthusiasts with the most authoritative guide to the countryside yet. With unrivaled, accurate detail that highlights car parks, riding stables, bridleways, picnic sites and of course local pubs, you can ensure that you make the most of your escape. So what can you explore in the horsiest county in Great Britain?
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9th July 2003
Ian Silitch Sweeps 1-2 In The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (July 8, 2003)—Ian Silitch of Sperryville, VA, captured the top two spots in Sunday's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper. Silitch bested a field of twenty-one horses to place first on November Hill Farm's Brave Ally and second on Page Flournoy's Captain Willie. Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA, rode Kindle Hill Syndicate's ABC Cassius to third place.
Nine of the first-round riders managed to go clean on the Danny Foster designed course. Last to ride in the jump-off, Silitch guided Brave Ally to a win that topped his earlier performance on Captain Willie by a split second. Babington delivered a clear round on ABC Cassius in a time of 48.847 seconds-a little over a second behind Silitch and Captain Willie.
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9th July 2003
Five Weeks of Equestrian Competition Set To Begin in Vermont
East Dorset, VT—July 8, 2003—The Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13, the first week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival is set to begin. The Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, is a five week long Horse Show held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Competition will begin July 9 at 7:30 am with the Green Conformation Model and the Regular Conformation Model. At 8:00 am, all five rings will open and will feature top level hunter and jumper action throughout the day.
The Regular Working Hunter Division along with the Regular Conformation Hunter Division will highlight the day’s activity in the hunter rings. In the jumper rings the Preliminary Jumper Division will get the jumper competition underway and the afternoon’s $2,500 Open Jumper Class will kick off a week of top level show jumping competition in the Grand Prix ring.
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9th July 2003
Cleve Wells Coming To 2004 Can-Am Equine Extravaganza
Woodstock, Ontario, July 2, 2003... Cleve Wells, one of the world's most foremost quarter horse experts, is coming to Ontario in 2004. Wells, who has trained and produced an incredible 17 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champions and Reserve World Champions, will showcase his remarkable talent at the Can-Am Equine Extravaganza to be held at the Western Fairgrounds in London on March 18-21, 2004.
A resident of Burleson, Texas, Wells, is one of the equine industry's most coveted speakers and clinicians regarding the training of different disciplines of horses.
"I spend about 30 weeks a year on the road doing clinics and seminars," said Wells, 43. "I love what I do, and love to pass on my knowledge to people to help them improve their relationships with their horses."
Wells said nowadays it isn't so much training as it is coaching when it comes to conditioning the animal.
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9th July 2003
Welcome to the Dude Ranch of Missouri
We have great colt pictures for your enjoyment. This seems to be the year of the fillies. Six of seven have been fillies.
We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do. It seems we can watch the colts play forever. The palomino colt was playing and running in the dew laden grass early one morning and was really trying her new legs on for speed. Well, she slipped and fell. It was funny how she reacted. At first she looked around to see if anyone had seen her accident. She seemed unsure as to whether anyone witnessed her mishap, so, just to be safe, she reached down and acted like she was eating grass. Now we all know that young colts don't eat much grass, but she acted like she planned that fall just so she could get a bit of grass.
Cattle Drives : Do you want a real challenge? Try herding one hundred cows into a small enclosure. Talk about team penning. That's team penning on a grand scale. This is where your horsemanship and cattle savvy is put to the test. As one old cowboy said "There is many a slip between the cup and the lip." The same is true when herding cattle. About the time everything is going right a wild cow will try to break free and take the herd with her. That is when it gets real interesting. One cowboy has to bring her back while another holds the herd. For you that want to learn about cattle herding.
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9th July 2003
Dengie To Supply Discounted Products At Hickstead
Visitors to the two meetings at Hickstead this year will be offered money-off 20-kilo bags of Dengie's Alpha-A and HiFi products.
The company, which is the official feed supplier at both the Royal International Horse Show (July 23-27) and British Jumping Derby (August 14-17), will be offering vouchers from its trade stand which can then be redeemed at a 25 per cent discount on one of the two products on the way out from the All England Jumping Course.
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9th July 2003

Lendon Gray Fundraising Clinic
in Malden Bridge, NY, September 12, 2003 for The Equine Fund.
July 2, 2003 -- The Equine Fund, a non profit organization dedicated to raising equine awareness to prevent abuse and raising funds to assist equine rescue, will hold a second fundraising clinic September 12, 2003. Exclusive clinician for this event is former American Olympic team dressage rider, Lendon Gray.
The Leslie Stanton Equestrian Center in Malden Bridge, New York, will serve as host facility for the clinic. The center is located at 4186, Route 66 in Malden Bridge, NY, which is approximately half an hour west of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and half an hour east of Albany, New York.
The clinic will hold several semi-private lessons (2 riders in a class) conducted by Mrs. Gray. Auditors are welcome and encouraged. The Equine Fund will
offer refreshments, with some unique equestrian products available.
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9th July 2003

CSIO*** Haras Du Pin (Fra) 18 - 20 July 2003
Alex Rident Based in Saint Valery en Caux, FRANCE, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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9th July 2003

Top Show Jumper Donates Bursary For Limerick Charity Show
A bursary for a week's training with top international show jumper Cian O'Connor is guaranteed to swell the coffers of the Limerick and District Horse and Pony Owners Show on Saturday, July 19, as the organisers continue their worthy bid to raise money for Milford Hospice.
The bursary, for a week's tuition at O'Connor's Karlswood Stables, Co Meath, was donated by the Nations Cup rider. It will be auctioned off following the 3,000 euro Grand Prix, which is also sponsored by Kildare-born O'Connor and Crecora's own show jumping star Lieutenant Shane Carey.
The Grand Prix is part of the Kerrygold League and will attract the country's top show jumping exponents, as they bid for the top prize and valuable points. Please click here for further details

9th July 2003

CSIO**** Falsterbo (Swe) 10 - 13 July 2003
Update Due to rider injury, Richard Davenport is no longer able to compete at CSIO**** Falsterbo. His place will therefore be taken by Duncan Inglis From Haywards Heath, WEST SUSSEX
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9th July 2003

EFI Annual General Meeting Rescheduled To July 31
Because of an unfortunate accident to the EFI President, Avril Doyle, that has resulted in her hospitalisation, the annual general meeting of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland due to take place at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on Thursday, July 10, 2003, has been delayed.
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8th July 2003

Martin & Mike Make Music At Hickstead
Mike Rutherford, of Genesis fame, and other equestrian personalities joined Martin Collins to mark the launch of ECOTRACK, his latest generation synthetic riding surface at Hickstead prior to the European Dressage Championships. Mike, a keen Dressage follower (his wife Angie, competes at advanced level) is further supporting the championships, having written the official music for the event. Martin commented "We are delighted that Mike was able to join us today for the launch of ECOTRACK. He and Angie have been clients for some years so it's particularly fitting that we are both involved in the European Championships. We know that with our surfaces the horses have every chance to perform at their peak, and we wish the British team all the very best in their quest to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics."
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8th July 2003

The British Horse Driving Trials Association Announces Great Britain's Combined Pony World Championship Team

Following the last of four selection events through this season, the drivers to represent Great Britain at the first Combined Pony World Championships for singles, pairs and four-in-hands to be held in Karlstetten, Austria from 14-17 August was announced at Sandringham. Julie Camm and Sara Howe are the single pony representatives, Ursula Hirschberg and Jo Rennison the pony pairs and Emily Bennett and John Pickford the pony teams. These drivers will be taking part in history-in-the-making for there has never been a World Championship for ponies before.
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8th July 2003

'Low Price' Ex-Racehorse Earns HOYS Place
When Julie Farrell and her business partner Hilary Curtis went to the Ascot sales they had only £10 between them and were on a "girls day out."
But they finished the day as owners of a Thoroughbred out of racing. Now, after a South Essex Insurance Brokers "Search for a Star" selection day, the horse, Millimetre, has booked them a place at this year's Horse of the Year Show.
"Hilary and I went to Ascot for a girls day out," said Julie. "We saw this horse in a box and liked him and when he came into the ring to be sold we were stunned at the low price. So we bought him. "Then we had to rush back home, organise the money and return with a horse box. When we got back there was only the auctioneer and our horse left on site!"
Their success came at the Search for a Star selection day held at the West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre, when Millimetre, ridden by Emily Curtis, took one of the two Horse the Year Show places in the Riding Horse class.
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8th July 2003
Ado Annie (ISH) third in Chrysler Classic Derby at Spruce Meadows
Ado Annie (ISH) ridden by Will Simpson (USA) took third place in the Chrysler Classic Derby $175,000 1m60 class at the Spruce Meadows CSI 5* in Canada yesterday, July 6th 2003. Also competing at Spruce Meadows last week was Richard Spooner (USA) and his Irish Sport Horse ride Hilton Flight. This pairing took third place in Wednesdays 1m50 Zeidler Financial Cup and fourth place in the 1m50 Canada Post Cup on Saturday.
Last weekend Killossery Kruisette (ISH) was ridden by Lt. David O’Brien (IRL) to take second place in Saturdays Prix Groupe Lucien Barriere 1m45 at the Deauville (FRA) CSI 3*. That’s Life (ISH) ridden by Michel Hecart (FRA) jumped into fourth place in the opening Fridays Prix SPGO 1m40.
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8th July 2003
Diary Date 12th - 13th July : Brightling Park Horse Trials Attracts The Big Names!
The Advanced Section at Brightling Park Horse Trials is always well-attended by leading riders and this year is no exception with competitors such as Pippa Funnel, Olympic Silver Medalist and Badminton winner for 2002 and 2003, Jeanette Brakewell and William Fox-Pitt. A local sponser, The Ostrich Hotel in Robertsbridge is kindly sponsoring it for the first time.
Stunning scenery, interesting trade stands and an exciting course make Brightling Park Horse Trials a favourite for riders and visitors alike.
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8th July 2003
'L' Mix - specially formulated for horses or ponies at risk from laminitis
Every new piece of research indicates that, for horses and ponies prone to laminitis, a high-fibre feed is much healthier than a high-calorie starch-based one - the amount of starch consumed by the horse tends to be the main trigger for an attack of laminitis. With no added sugars, molasses or cereals 'L' Mix is high in fibre, yet low in starch and calories and is thus an excellent feed for these horses. Alfalfa and chaff are low in fructans and, as long fibre, ensure longer chewing time, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system in horses or ponies on a restricted diet.
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8th July 2003
Steeplechase Racing Tour
Thoroughbred Tours will conduct a exciting Steeplechase Tour to England Nov 29th to Dec.9th The tour will include racing at Folkstone, Plumpton, Lingfield Park and visits to racing stables and training grounds and conclude with 3 days in London and Top class racing at Sandown Park one of the worlds best racecourses with a number of major stakes races including the Winter Hurdle and Tingle Chase which is sure to include a number of Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders. The tour will be led by Gerry Russell who had his first ride over fences at Sandown Park, before coming to the USA where he rode Steeplchasing, and trained many top class horses including Australian owned So Vague who ran in the 1984 KY Derby.
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8th July 2003
Buckskin Extravagana and Production Sale
It is summertime in Arizona, and at HorseBreakers Unlimited that means training, riding and grooming the best selection of buckskin horses anywhere in America. The Ninth Annual Buckskin Extravaganza is just around the corner and at Jon and Marywade Gilberts ranch in Dewey, Arizona everyone is going full speed getting things ready. "Buckskins seem to be the 'hot' color in the horse world today" says Jon "but we've been promoting and selling the buckskins up here for years." The sale will include not just buckskins but also duns and grullos. There will be an excellent selection of saddle horses from trail horses to World Champions, as well as brood mares, weanlings, yearlings and two year olds. We sell Buckskins and all kinds of good horses year round, but I think what really put us on the map is our Buckskin Extravaganza. It is an extremely popular event that brings people from all over the country to Dewey, Arizona to look and shop for the finest buckskin horses.
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8th July 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces Leading Sire Rankings
The USA Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings are now live on USA Equestrian’s web site at www.equestrian.org. The ranking lists, which determine the winners of the year end USAE Leading Sire Awards, are now updated on a daily basis and feature a 'click-to' list of all the offspring that contribute to the ranking.
"This is a tremendous step forward for our US breeding industry," said USAE Breeders Committee chair, Denny Emerson. "The Leading Sire awards have become an important part of the USAE awards system over the past three years, but this dynamic ranking system brings new excitement to the breeding sector. This is just the beginning. There are more innovations around the corner."
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8th July 2003
HorseTV Program Schedule and July Newsletter:
HorseTV is celebrating the 4th of July with a spectacular month of programming, including some of the international equestrian world’s most important competitions. This month, HorseTV is providing – for the very first time on any network – not just one – but FIVE top international events, including Badminton 2003, both the 2003 Show Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals, the Adelaide Horse Trials from Australia, and the one of the finest horse shows in the world from Acchen, Germany.
HorseTV will also be beginning the FEI World Cup Indoor Driving competitions, a series of 9 fascinating four-in-hand driving events from Europe, as well as a new training series from Rick Wheat, inventor of the Noavel Bitless Bridle, widely used by pleasure and trail riding enthusiasts.
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8th July 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Accepting Bids To Host 2004 Pony Finals
USA Equestrian is now accepting bids for the 2004 USAE Pony Finals. For more information and/or to request a bid application contact Whitney Neidert, Assistant Direct, Hunter Jumper, at 859-225-6967 or via email at wneidert@equestrian.org. Please click here for further details
7th July 2003
Catching the Difficult Horse!
A newly acquired horse or a horse that may be herd bound needs a little assurance from us. They want to know that you are not going to hurt them or abuse them in any way. You as the owner/ trainer must create a friendly, but "I' am the boss" relationship with your horse, if you want a long and rewarding partnership with him. Horses, no matter what age, are constantly learning from their interactions with us. Whether or not you think your interaction with your horse is a "formal training session" or not, your horse is always learning. This is the case whether you are riding, longeing, feeding, playing, bathing, or just walking through your horse's pasture or in his stall. Your horse will come to trust you as you work, play and interact with him. To start this process you must make every experience with your horse an enjoyable, learning experience.
For instance, if you are having problems catching your horse in the pasture then you probably don't have a working relationship with him but this can be handled with a little patience and persistence from you.
First you must reassure your horse you mean him no harm and that it is a pleasant experience when he is with you. When you go out into the pasture don't just go with the intention of "grabbing" your horse for a quick ride, workout or training session.
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7th July 2003
McGrath and Dobbs Win Final Events of the 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 6, 2003—Cindy McGrath won the Price Chopper Adult Amateur Jumper Classic and Hillary Dobbs won the WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic to close the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
McGrath was one of eight entries from the field of 56 to reach the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over 16-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. She then rode Euro Pass to the fastest fault-free ride over the seven-jump jump-off course, finishing with a time of 32.979 seconds to claim the win.
Dobbs topped a field of 44 entries to win her class on Lucky Four. The daughter of CNN’s Lou Dobbs was one of 10 to reach the jump-off with a fault-free first-round ride. She completed the jump-off fault-free in 32.118 seconds to take the win.
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7th July 2003

Show Jumping - Four Irish In Top 20 Of Young Rider European Championships
WITH a great deal of preparation, including warm-up Nations Cups in both France and Italy, the Irish Young Rider team made more than a creditable showing at the Le Touquet Young Riders European Championships this week, finishing with four placings in the Individual Top 20 today (Sunday).
Under Chef d'Equipe John Ledingham, the Irish riders came tantalisingly close to a bronze medal in the team event on Friday, finishing just one point short of Third, and today drew on reserves of skill and stamina to steer themselves into the Top 20 in the Individual Championships, with Mayo's Carl Hanley ending as the best of the Irish with an Eighth on <Ally McBeal>, while Derry's Ryan Crumley improved dramatically from Friday's score to take 12th on <Baltimore>.
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7th July 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Marshall Wins Blessington, Enters League Top 6
ALWAYS a potential threat to the leaders in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League, Ballyclare's Harry Marshall today (Sunday) clinched the Blessington Super League Grand Prix and catapulted himself into Third on the League table. Clocking up his first Grand Prix win at Saintfield three weeks ago, Marshall repeated the medicine in sparkling form at the sunlit sand arena in Kill Equestrian Centre, where the Blessington Show was held today, riding <Splendido>.
League leader James Kernan went in after Marshall, and although turning in a copybook clear, was over three seconds behind the Ulsterman, but the Super League points accrued were enough to increase his lead as No.1 in the overall table. Marshall afterwards said that his own final round was <not just good, but fantastic>, and was obviously ecstatic about his horse's performance against a very competitive field. Please click here for further details

6th July 2003
Recognition For Dressage Grooms At Hickstead
The backroom girls and boys with the responsibility of looking after the world's elite dressage horses will receive official recognition for the first time at the European Dressage Championships at Hickstead (13th - 17th August).
The elite grooms, who travel the world with their charges, are to be officially represented at the Championships by Grooms Co-Ordinator, Lucy Katan, who will ensure that things run smoothly for them during the event. As Official Sponsors of the Grooms, Natural Animal Feeds will sponsor a new "Groom of the Show" award and time has been allowed in the hectic schedule for this to be presented in the International Arena. Grooms will be judged on their horse's turn out, their stable area tidiness and general attitude and friendliness at the show and the winning groom will receive a Jacket and a £100 cash prize from NAF.
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6th July 2003

Horse and Owner Reunited with Farmkey
PETERBOROUGH-horse owner Pauline Barnes is celebrating being reunited with her horse Millie, after she was stolen from her field on June 13. Millie a 10-year-old bay mare, welsh cob cross was taken from a field in Ailsworth, near Peterborough along with three other non-freezemarked horses. Fortunately, Millie was freezemarked by Farmkey which ensured her safe and speedy return.
Farmkey was on the case immediately and Millie was soon tracked down at a yard in Lincoln thanks to the help of yard owner Lorraine Wright.
Said Lorraine: "I became suspicious and noticed the horse was freezemarked so checked the Farmkey website and saw the message. I contacted Farmkey immediately."

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6th July 2003
ShowSheen Set To Lead Market For Future Generations
Have you ever wondered why a product remains a market leader while others are here today and gone tomorrow? Showsheen® and other Absorbine® products are sold in over 35 countries and are renowned throughout the World. American manufacturers, W F Young Inc, have revealed why.
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6th July 2003
Margie Engle Wins $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix At 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 5, 2003—Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won the $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix for an unprecedented third consecutive year Saturday at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Engle’s win was the 114th of her career, adding to her U.S. record. The Sydney Olympic veteran and seven-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year rode Hidden Creek’s Jones to one of eight fault-free rides turned in by the starting field of 31 over the 16-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds.
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6th July 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Smyth Wins Omagh
ANOTHER WIN by Peter Smyth on his own <Zara's Pride> at Omagh today (Saturday) has shot him to Second place in the Kerrygold Grand Prix league table, behind James Kernan. Smyth will also turn out at Blessintgon Grand Prix tomorrow (held at Kill Equestrian Centre), and has a chance of taking the lead from Kernan, who will be battling to stay on top with two horses in the competition.
Smyth said after his win at Omagh: < I am absolutely delighted. Especially with this mare, which came from humble beginnings and is now starting to show her true potential.>
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6th July 2003

CSI-V-B Holziken (Sui) 11 - 13 July 2003
Lynda Birke From Market Drayton, SHROPSHIRE has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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6th July 2003

CSI* Sanem (Lux) 18 - 20 July 2003
Paul Bevan From Lichfield, STAFFS, Vicky Bevan From Lichfield, STAFFS, Judi Piper From Hailsham, EAST SUSSEX have been authorised to compete at the above mentioned show
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6th July 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Deauville France 4-6 July 2003CLASS No 5, PRIX GROUPE LUCIEN BARRIERE
1) JUAN IGNACIO ROJO (ARG ) PRISCILLA ,
2) LT DAVID O'BRIEN (IRL ) KILLOSSERY KRUISETTE ,
3) PHILIPPE LEJEUNE (BEL) KARIOKA DEL FOLLEE
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6th July 2003

CSI** San Sebastian (Esp) 4 - 6 July 2003
Kelly-Ann Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE, Geoff Billington From Nantwich, CHESHIRE, Alex Newsham Based in St Valery en Caux, FRANCE, Corinne Collins From Crewe, CHESHIRE have been invited and authorised to compete at the above mentioned show
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6th July 2003

CSI**** San Patrignano (Ita) 18 - 20 July 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show.
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