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17th August 2002

Jaime de la Calle on the left and course designer Michael Tucker.on the right
Photo courtesy of WEG.

The World Equestrian Games In Jerez Spain
September 10-22, 2002
By Diana De Rosa
Antonio Ortiz, the General Manager of the World Equestrian Games, which will be taking place in Jerez, Spain, September 10-22, 2002, and César Garcia de Quebedo, the Communications Manager, have been involved with the Games since its inception.
They and the others from Jerez are hoping that this will be the start of more events to be held at these venues. For them this is the beginning to the future of horse sports in Spain, not a culmination once WEG is over.

I went to Jerez, Spain to see the venues and to visit with Antonio, César and others on the WEG staff. Antonio explained his reasons why the Games are being held in Spain and his ultimate goals. "We have a good feeling about these Games. I feel the facilities will be ready in a month or less. We sold a lot of tickets already, which for us is important because horse sports in Spain are not popular."
But the Games have given new enthusiasm to horse sports and many festivities will take place while the Games are in Jerez. In fact, "The whole town will be involved," explained Ortiz
Antonio went on to explain how a lotto was organized just for these Games and netted $10 million. They've secured five large sponsors (Rolex, Volvo, Banesto, Telefonica and Osborne) and five small sponsors (Marca, Hola, Ave, Telefonica, and the Government of Dubai for endurance) to help with the difference of $23 million that they feel the Games will ultimately cost them, which does not include the building of the venues, which the local municipality is paying for. Ticket sales and a trade fair will make up the difference. (There will be no tickets for endurance - that will be free to everyone.)
Antonio also explained that the goal is "to try and do a World Championship like it is in other sports. In many places it is way down and we would like to put the equestrian sport at the same level as other sports. Finally, I would like to create a total equestrian family all in one location. It will be good for the FEI, for the Games, for Jerez and for our sponsors." To Antonio, that was what these Games were all about.
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17th August 2002
Equus - The Horse Event Expanding
"Equus provides a really good start to the season. The venue is great, easy to reach by public transport and motorway and a great place to meet our members"
Pat Gaywood of the British Horse Society reflects on the benefits of Equus, a view shared by both exhibitors and visitors.
This year's event saw the consolidation of this new addition to the equestrian calendar attracting over 20,000 visitors during the four days. The displays by Tim Stockdale, Blyth Tait, Kelly Marks and many others proved to be an irresistible combination yet again. 93% of visitors enjoyed it so much they said they would come back next year.
Equus will be held at ExCel in London on 3rd-6th April 2003. Plans for next year will ensure the extensive variety and high quality standard of displays will continue with three separate sessions with adequate gaps allowing for extended shopping time. Seats can be booked for the individual sessions, a system tat was pioneered this year and will be further structured next year.
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17th August 2002
Horse Training Simplified
"Horse training is very simple - it's very black and white," says downunder's guru of horsemanship Clinton Anderson. What a relief to know shades of grey don't always cloud the horizon!
See Anderson's horse training methods firsthand when he comes to Can-Am's All Breed's Equine Emporium at London's Western Fair Raceway, in March, 2003.
Born and raised in Australia, Anderson now operates Wahl Equestrian Center in Sterling, Illinois with his wife Beth. He conducts clinics there, and films numerous technique videos as well as a weekly hour-long television show. Untrained horses are used in the show, broadcast on Dish Network and Direct TV, to solve common behaviour problems and training issues faced by horse owners of all disciplines.
While growing up in Australia, Anderson's family noticed his natural ability with horses and fuelled that interest with his first horse at age 9. Anderson started a full time training apprenticeship at age 15 with acclaimed clinician and horse trainer, Gordon McKinlay of Rock Hampton, Queensland. During the next two years, Anderson started and trained over 600 horses under McKinlay's expert guidance. Anderson also trained with Australia's Ian Francis and U.S.'s Al Dunning, eventually using his knowledge and expertise to start his own training facility. With only 1 point separating the top three winning horses, Anderson placed third at the Australian National Reining Futurity in 1997. In October of that year, Anderson moved permanently to the U.S. where he began touring, training and conducting clinics.
The philosophy behind Anderson's training methods is basic. "Horse training is like a scale," he explains. "Where do we want to be with our horse training? We want to be in the middle - somewhere between being a wimp and getting dragged all over the place, and being too rough and aggressive with our horse, always forcing him to do things for us."
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17th August 2002
Manhattan Mortgage Presents Opening Day At The Hampton Classic
By Diana De Rosa
From Tiny Tots to Veterans and from Miniature Horses to Dog Agility Demonstrations Opening Day at the Hampton Classic is a Day Not To Be Missed!
Take a well-known mortgage company whose founder and owner loves horses and rides, add that to a famous horse show which showcases tomorrow's champions side-by-side with Olympic veterans, spice it up with some Dog Agility Demonstrations, add a dash of kids activities such as pony rides and a petting zoo and you've got the perfect recipe for The Manhattan Mortgage Company's presentation of Opening Day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday, August 25.
The 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, which this year takes place from August 25 through September 1 in Bridgehampton, NY, will draw over 1500 equestrian competitors from across the country and some 60,000 spectators. As a kick-off to this weeklong event, The Manhattan Mortgage Company sponsors Opening Day, which is when the local horsemen come and compete on the same turf that later in the week will showcase Olympic veterans and up-and-coming equestrians. Melissa Cohn, founder and owner of The Manhattan Mortgage Company, will be among those local competitors.
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17th August 2002
Seven More Cases of WNV in Horses Confirmed In Kentucky
Reported by: Kimberly S. Graetz, Editor, The Horse News; www.TheHorse.com

LEXINGTON, KY-- (August 16, 2002) ---The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office reported late on Friday, Aug. 16, that seven more horses in the state had been confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV). That brings the total number of positive horses in the state this year to 15, according to Rusty Ford of the State Veterinarian's office. Of those 15 cases this year, seven survived, seven were euthanized, and one was found dead.

None of the seven cases confirmed today had been vaccinated against West Nile virus.
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17th August 2002
USA Equestrian
Taylor And Roper Victorious At Junior Hunter Finals
Whitney Roper, 16, of Rumson, New Jersey and Jamie Taylor, 18, of Tarzana, California, were Overall Grand Champions of the 2002 Monarch International/USA National Junior Hunter Championships, East and West Coast respectively.
Taylor rode King of Hearts, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Claire Birnbaum to the Overall West Coast Grand Championship, held at the Oaks Blenheim Exhibitions in San Juan Capistrano, CA, July 22-23, 2002. Roper and her mount, 12-year-old Warmblood gelding Saloon, rode to the top spot to capture the Overall East Coast Grand Championship, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 12-13, 2002.
Riders qualified for these events by winning a champion or reserve champion at an "A" or "AA" rated USA Equestrian competition between July 16, 2001 and July 15, 2002. Competitors had the option of competing in either the West Coast Finals or East Coast Finals but not both.
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17th August 2002

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A HICKSTEAD (DERBY) ENGLAND 22-25 AUGUST, CSI-A GREAT LEIGHS ENGLAND 16-18 AUGUST 2002, CSI-A DONAUESCHINGEN GERMANY 22-25 AUGUST 2002, CSI-A MOSCOW RUSSIA 29 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSI-A & CSIO GIJON SPAIN 24 AUGUST ­ 1 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSI-B GIUBASCO SWITZERLAND 30 AUGUST ­ 1 SEPTEMBER 2002, CHIO ROTTERDAM NETHERLANDS 29 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSIO SPRUCE MEADOWS MASTERS CANADA 4 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSIJ Cat B AUVERS FRANCE 17 ­ 19 AUGUST & 23 ­2 5 AUGUST 2002, CCI*** BURGHLEY ENGLAND 29 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2002
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16th August 2002

American Hunter Jumper Foundation Assists Horsemen In Need Through Emergency Relief Fund
August 13, 2002, WEST BOYLSTON, Massachusetts -- Since its establishment in 1995, the American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Emergency Relief Fund has become one of the most important and visible programs of the foundation. Through this program the AHJF has assisted dozens of horsepeople in a wide variety of situations. The Fund relies on donations for the financial support it gives to individuals and families involved in the industry. The AHJF Board reviews emergency situations which are brought to their attention, and approves distributions according to the Fund's guidelines and the particular needs of the recipient.
Jack Miller, a well-known farrier who had no health insurance, first received financial assistance from the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund in the fall of 2001 after suffering a heart attack. However, the angioplasty procedure that was performed on Jack at that time only gave him relief for a short time. By February of 2002 he was back in the hospital having a quadruple by-pass! The Emergency Relief Fund has again stepped up to the plate to help Jack get back on his feet. Oliver Kennedy, co-manager of the Capital Challenge Horse Show, explains that while Jack, who was recently inducted into the Farrier's Hall of Fame, "will never be able to shoe the huge number of horses he did before his health problems, but he can still make a living at it."
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16th August 2002

Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Championships 2002
The National Dressage Championships, sponsored for the second year by Mercedes-Benz, will be a truly top class display of horsepower in 2002. The best of the best from across the country will compete for the National Championship titles at all levels - with plenty of incentive for riders to go that extra mile.

With the competition running over four days the popular music freestyle classes will take place on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The rider with the highest combined score in the Intermediaire 1 and Intermediaire 1 Freestyle will not only take away the coveted holiday for two at the Blue Waters Hotel in Antigua, but also a set of luxury luggage from Cliff Barnsby to complete their holiday experience.
The exciting climax to the show will be the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday afternoon. The combined score of this class and the Butchers Pet Care Grand Prix, which will be held on the Saturday afternoon, will earn the prestigious title of Mercedes-Benz National Champion and the and the further honour of driving away in a 163 hp Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR Roadster.
Spectators are also in for a special treat, as international dressage star Kyra Kyrklund will be performing demonstrations in the main arena on Saturday and Sunday, along with other displays and tradestands galore.
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16th August 2002
The Chilcotin Mountain Horse Trek Challenge Prize Draw
" Some of you may have seen the prize draw I have running to raise money for the Canada Trek Challenge, all the proceeds of which will go to the Guide dogs for the Blind Association. Time is now running out as I am off in four weeks and I would like as many people as possible to win as there are lots of super prizes. Matt Ryan the Olympic 3 day Event Gold Madallist has kindly agreed to do the draw and has signed some items for prizes too. Most of his sponsors have kindly given either items for prizes or equipment for the trek. The Australian Wine Bureau have been especially generous having donated a case of Australian wine for prizes. As before www.justgiving.com/hilarytrek gives further details on how to enter and I have added my address and a bank account number for those who would rather not give online. or you can email me on pittam@supanet.com for information.
So please please support this very worthy cause and give yourself the chance to win one of many exciting prizes.
Good Luck and Thankyou, Hilary "
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16th August 2002

Photo courtesy of Diana De Rosa
The Manufacturer Of Adequan® i.m. (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan) & Adequancanine® (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan) Brings Unique Ideas To Hampton Classic For Dogs, Horses and People
By Diana De Rosa
Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. brings The Adequan® Canine "Little Classic," the $30,000 Adequan® Grand Prix, Educational Opportunities and Email Access for Riders to the Hampton Classic
In its second year of involvement in the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, August 25-September 1, 2002, the Animal Health Division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has put on its wizards cap and come up with some unique additions to its sponsorship. Not only will they showcase the $30,000 Adequan® Grand Prix, the qualifier for Sunday's grand finale, the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, but they'll also be hosting the inaugural Dog Agility Competition. The Adequan® Canine "Little Classic" will take place on Opening Day, August 25. Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is also sponsoring the Riders Tent. The company is flying in some of the nation's top veterinarians to be on hand to answer questions in this tent. Last but not least, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will provide free access to the Internet to riders, owners, and trainers in the tent. It's a wonderful blend of the old with some great new additions that will make this year's show even better than ever.
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16th August 2002
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2002
Sally Magnusson To Attend Horse Trials
Scotland’s best known newsreader, Sally Magnusson is to attend the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair on Saturday, 24th August this year. In a situation as far removed as possible from being behind a desk in the television studios, Sally and her family will be participating in many of the Country Fair activities on offer, while enjoying the spectacular scenery surrounding Blair Castle.
Saturday is cross country day, which means the Magnusson’s will be able to join the rest of the spectators in watching some of the world’s top three-day eventers tackle the challenging fences, including the Bowmore Steps and House of Bruar Water Splash.
Visitors to the event will be entertained at the Country Fair arena throughout the day by fascinating displays ranging from duck herding with dogs to horse logging, while wood-carving and tree-climbing in the popular Woodland Area can be viewed from a steam train.
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15th August 2002
The Autumn Festival of Jerez will envelop the World Equestrian Games 2002
From the 6th to the 24th september, wine and flamenco combine with horses in special way owing to the World Equestrian Games Jerez 2002
(August 2002, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain).- Jerez Autumn Festival forms a cycle of festive activities which gather those features which have projected the image of Jerez internationally. During those days the city becomes the centre of the festival. Its streets and squares are full of people from Jerez and visitors who walk through the old town wishing to enjoy the diverse leisure activities that have been prepared for this occasion.
The elements which make up this festival are part of our millenary tradition. The new must which announces the birth of the wine after a rigorous summer, the horse, companion of fatigue and entertainment, especially the Carthusian horse which constitutes one of the most emblematic protagonists of Jerez, and flamenco, deep expression of a lineage to which all the people of Jerez belong.
This Festival in its eleventh year presents a special event as Jerez will host the World Equestrian Games 2002. This event represents the award and recognition to a city which has maintained, preserved and promoted this noble animal from time immemorial.
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15th August 2002
Ireland Will Not Send Show Jumping Team To Nations Cup Final
Ireland will not be sending a show jumping team to the Finals of the Samsung Nations Cup at Donaueschingen, Germany, on 22-25 August.
Because of the proximity of the World Equestrian Games (September 17-22), it has been decided instead to send teams to the Nations Cup shows at Gijon, Spain (August 24-September 1), Rotterdam, Netherlands (August 29 - September 1), and Calgary, Canada (September 4-8).
EFI Secretary-General, Ned Campion, said today: < Our primary objective is not the Samsung Nations Cup Final, but the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, beginning on September 17. This is the vital show for Ireland, as it is so essential to qualification of riders and horses for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
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15th August 2002
USA Equestrian
O'Connor Reigns Supreme At Over The Walls
David O'Connor, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, riding the Jacqueline Mars owned Giltedge (Glen Bar - Kitty), beat out Kim Vinoski and Winsome Adante (Saunter - Jus With Genoa, by Bohemond xx) in a closely contested race, to win the Jack Le Goff Trophy for the USA Advanced-Level Horse Trial Championship, held at the Over the Walls Horse Trials in Hardwick, Massachusetts, August 2-4, 2002.
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15th August 2002

Important Announcement from the Arabian Horse Registry of America and the International Arabian Horse Association
The mediation representatives from the Arabian Horse Registry of America ("AHRA") and the International Arabian Horse Association ("IAHA") are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached. IAHA and AHRA will combine by merger into a new non-profit corporation which will serve as a unified organization to lead, promote and benefit the Arabian horse community. Subject to approval by both organizations, the merger will be effective as of January 1, 2003. The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the AHRA Board of Directors prior to IAHA's November meeting and the IAHA Annual Convention in November.
The new corporation will perform all functions previously performed by IAHA and AHRA as well as engage in new additional activities to lead, promote and benefit the Arabian horse community. The synergies resulting from this merger will provide resources that will allow for market development and better financial health for the new organization.
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15th August 2002
Hampton Classic Offers Lifestyle ‘Under Glass’
Hampton Conservatories Will Add Gracious Touch to 2002 Show Grounds
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—August 12, 2002—The Hampton Classic Horse Show will install two glass conservatories from Hampton Conservatories, LLC. The Long Island company, based in the Village of Huntington, will place one of the imported Irish conservatories in the show’s Boutique Garden and one at the main entrance to the Grand Prix tent. The two structures will sparkle like jewels on the Hampton Classic show grounds, looking as though they had been plucked from an Irish country property or a Hamptons estate.
The two conservatories will be on view throughout the week of the 2002 Hampton Classic, August 25 – September 1. One of the conservatories is made of glass and wood, while the other is made of glass, aluminum and UPVC.
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15th August 2002
Eclipse Award-Winning Photographer
Barbara D. Livingston's Loving Tribute to Racing's Remarkable Retirees
Lexington, KY August 14, 2002 Eclipse Press announces publication of Old Friends Visits With My Favorite Thoroughbreds.
Barbara D. Livingston’s Old Friends combines her photos and essays to share her passion for aging Thoroughbreds, horses that once commanded center stage but often become almost invisible with time, except to those who love them. Through her words, Livingston recounts their storied pasts; through her lens, Livingston finds the spark that momentarily clears their eyes and rekindles the fire of youth or just stirs the embers of their glory days.
Old Friends is a heartfelt tribute to the life of a Thoroughbred beyond the racetrack and breeding shed the season of life that, perhaps, is the most overlooked.
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15th August 2002
Sunday Silence battles what appear to be his longest odds yet.
Report From Japan: On-the-Scene Account of Sunday Silence's Battle, Reported by: Barbara J. Bayer, The Blood-Horse News; BloodHorse.com
HAYAKITA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (August 13) -- It's the ninth anniversary of the death of Zenya Yoshida, the founder of Shadai Farm. Rain has fallen for most of the day, growing stronger toward evening and the mood is grim at Shadai Stallion Station. In a barn set back from the others, a barn that was especially built to accommodate the aging Northern Taste, Sunday Silence battles what appear to be his longest odds yet.

Laminitis in the stallion's left foreleg has worsened and Sunday (as the Stallion Station staff members refer to Sunday Silence) has for the past two days remained standing. Apparently the pain has worsened in both forelegs, in the left from the laminitis and in the right from the original infection for which he was operated on three times. ''He has drawn his weight back over his hindquarters like a horse about to jump and has his feet drawn somewhat together in order to take the weight off them," said spokesman Eisuke Tokutake. "Before he would lie down a lot but now he's staying standing. If he lies down I don't think he's going to get up again. Then again, maybe he will. He's such a strong horse.''
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14th August 2002
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2002

Top Riders For Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials
Riders from as far afield as New Zealand and South Africa are descending on Blair Castle next week to take part in the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August.
This is the 14th year of what Ian Stark once described as "The best three-day event in the world," and each year a number of new competitors find their way to Highland Perthshire to ride in this most popular, friendly but challenging event.
Last year’s winner, and one of Britain’s furthest travelled riders is Lucy Wiegersma from Penzance in Cornwall. She has Friday Morning in the two star and will be hoping for better luck with Friday Feeling in the one star section this year, as in 2001 she failed to complete after leading the dressage stage.
New Zealand’s Caroline Powell has a horse in each section as does Swedish rider, Linda Algotsson, who is competing at Blair for the first time. Veteran Irish rider, Eric Smiley will be one of the favourites for the two star with Breeze, with top riders from south of the border such as Terry Boon and Darrell Scaife hot on his heels.
Local girl, Louisa Milne Home from Kinross was a member of the victorious Scottish team last year and will be hoping for individual honours next weekend. She has both Melody River and Stronacroibh running in the one star class.
Kirsty Hynd and Suzanne Lumgair, both hail from Angus and have successfully completed Blair in the past. Kirsty has Welton Maximillion in the one star while also in that class is Suzanne with her new ride, Roman Lord.
Overall there are 123 competitors in the one star and 68 starters in the two star. Riders from both sections will have dressage on either Thursday or Friday, before the challenge of speed and endurance on Saturday which involves four phases including roads and tracks, cross country and a steeplechase. Sunday sees the exciting climax of the three-day event, when riders showjump in reverse order of merit.
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14th August 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Nations Cup Series: teams qualified for the Final
The Samsung Nations Cup Final will take place on 24 August in Donaueschingen (GER).
After the two last qualifying CSIOs in Dublin (IRL) and Bratislava (SVK), the starting field of the Final is known: they are the seven best teams of the Samsung Nations Cup standings plus one wild card for an overseas team.
Germany (leader of the rankings with 63 points), Italy (53), Belgium (48), France (46), The Netherlands (41), Ireland (35), Sweden (35), USA (wild card, 18)
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14th August 2002

Hickstead Derby Winners To Guest In The Scurry
World Games squads parade on the way to Spain
Past winners of the prestigious Hickstead Jumping Derby are being invited to take part in a contest likely to test their nerve even more than the 10ft 6ins Derby Bank negotiated to earn their titles.
The test will be the Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry, and so far invitations have been accepted by local rider John Popely, who took the title in 1997, Rob Hoekstra, 1999 and Ireland's Derby specialist John Ledingham, whose first win was in 1984 but who then went on to two consecutive wins in 1994 and 1995 on Kilbaha. Invitations have also gone to Marion Mould (nee Coakes) who, on the famous pony Stroller won in 1967; 1973 winner Alison Dawes, the last lady to win the British Jumping Derby; John Whitaker, first in 1983 with the legendary Ryan's Son and then again in 1998 with Gammon; Michael Whitaker, who recorded his first win in 1980 and 11 years later the first of three consecutive wins on Mon Santa.
Competitors will each be allocated a place behind the driver on one of the small, lightweight carts drawn by pairs of very fast ponies with the aim of being the quickest through a course of cones in the famous International Arena.
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14th August 2002

International Dressage and Jumping Competition!
An opportunity to visit one of the premier indoor horse shows in the world, the German Masters International Dressage and Jumping Competition!
This 5 day show is known as one of the best horse shows in the world with the elite from the world of dressage and show jumping.
The show takes place from November 20th to November 24th, 2002 in Stuttgart, Germany.
In combination with a training vacation, riders will have the opportunity to visit a series of outstanding dressage and jumping competitions. Non-riders are also
welcome and will enjoy their stay at the majestic 17th century estate.
Take lessons on quality horses in the morning and early afternoon (jumping or dressage) and then enjoy the spectacular show. Accommodations, meals,
transportation, tickets - all inclusive. Stay a total of 7 days or 14 days.
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14th August 2002
USA Equestrian
Sullivan Wins 2002 Wild Horsefeathers/USA National Hunter Pony Championship
Molly Sullivan, 14, of Osterville, Maryland, rode her own pony, Time To Talk, to the 2002 Wild Horsefeathers/USA National Hunter Pony Championship, held August 8-9, 2002 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
As champion, Molly was the recipient of the International Jumping Derby Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mason Phelps, Jr., a Triple Crown Custom cooler, a Henri De Rivel Saddle from JPC Equestrian and a Prima Loft vest from Romfh Equestrian Apparel.
Exhibitors competed over two days in the small, medium and large sections competing in over-fences, under-saddle and model classes. Competitors qualified for the event by winning a champion or reserve championship at an "A" or "AA" rated USA Equestrian competition between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2002.
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14th August 2002
USA Equestrian
USPC Team Members Show Excellence At Pony Jumper Championships
USA Equestrian is pleased to congratulate the United States Pony Club Pony Jumper Team Members for their extraordinary performances at the 2002 USA National Pony Jumper Championships presented by Salamander Farm. The USPC sent a team of four pony/rider combinations and one alternate for the first time to the USA National Pony Jumper Championships, August 6-8, 2002. The Team members were Kate Marcotte, Krista Lynn Innerst, Wilhemina Horzepa, Kathryn Fogerty, and Jill Hubbuch as the alternate. Richard Lamb and Linda Allen were the Co-Chef d' Equipe's. The USPC Team members were chosen by a USPC selection committee, which reviewed videos, and competitions, which demonstrated the members' talent and ability.
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14th August 2002
USA Equestrian
Billy Worthington Wins 2002 Pony Jumper National Championship
Zone 5 Wins Team Championship
Billy Worthington, 12, of Averill Park, New York was the winner of the 2002 Pony Jumper National Championship, individual competition, which has been named as a USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian event. Riding Marjorie Ritzer's Byrnadette, he bested the field of riders from across the nation to take top honors in the individual competition. Billy also displayed the best classical jumping style during the three days of competition and was honored with the Short Stop Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney for the Style Award.
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13th August 2002
Magnifico's Return To Paradise
Magnifico's story is as interesting as any. A complex Arabian who ran for his life at the track and won, he had lost his way with humans. What had taken place will never be known or admitted. I ache for what he must have endured, because when he came to me in the late winter of '96, he had no use for me or anyone for that matter.
After winning several flat track races the summer of '95, he was purchased and sent to Turf Paradise in Arizona for the winter racing. He broke the track record in his first race by a serious margin and decidedly won the next race as well. But that was the end of it. In the third and forth races, by the time he'd entered the gate he'd already run his race, he was completely drenched in sweat and stressed out. He had nothing left. In the racing world it's called 'washing out.'
This was a horse that fit his name perfectly. I've not laid eyes on a better-proportioned animal in my life. He was a dark bay of 15-1 with strong bone and the muscle to cover it. His thick jet-black mane and tail glistened against his muscle structure that was on a par with a well-toned stallion. Magnifico was a no nonsense horse; all business when working, yet something of a character when not. He had a busy mind that needed to be constantly challenged with a high degree of creatively. His gaits were to be envied. His speed, awesome. But none of that mattered when he arrived via transport late one warm spring afternoon.
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13th August 2002
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2002

Taggart Star To Visit Horse Trials
Don’t panic if you see DCI Steven Jardine on the August bank holiday weekend when you are visiting the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair at Blair Atholl! No-one has been murdered and no-one is being investigated. "Taggart" actor, James McPherson will be enjoying his day out like everyone else and helping to support the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS) at the same time.
This is the 14th year of the prestigious Bowmore Blair Castle event and the second year that it has adopted CHAS as its official charity. The four day show takes place in the magnificent grounds of Blair Castle from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of August and features many of the worlds top riders.
It also includes one of the best Country Fairs in Scotland on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, however, James McPherson is planning to come on Friday, when "The Festival of the Horse" takes place. This includes demonstrations of many different breeds and types of horses including the spectacular little Icelandic horses.
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13th August 2002
Mary Lisa Leffler Captures Final $35,000 Grand Prix, Sponsored by Equinox Resorts, At the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
East Dorset, VT—August 11, 2002— Mary Lisa Leffler won the final $35,000 Grand Prix, Sponsored by Equinox Resort and Spa, as the Vermont Summer Celebration, the final week of competition at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, brought the 2002 Vermont Summer Festival to a close.
Concluding five weeks of international show jumping competition, Leffler went out in fine style. The only rider to go double clear in the Grand Prix, Leffler, 35, and Graf Rossini S claimed victory on the final day of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival for the second year in a row.
“Having my family here to support me is really great!” said Leffler, who lives on a 200-acre family farm in Brookeville, MD, about the best part of the win. “I have 47 horses here between my own and all my clients, so I am really thankful to the people working at the show for helping me keep everything so organized. I couldn’t do it without them!”
Leffler had her game face on when she was the third rider to return to the ring in the jump-off. After knowing the first two riders each suffered four faults, Leffler’s strategy was to go slow and steady. Her plan proved successful as she left all the jumps up in a time of 42.51 seconds with the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion, Graf Rossini S, earning $10,500 in prize money for owner Bruce Chovnick LLC.
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12th August 2002

Three-Day Eventing Results: CCI*/** Hartpury England 8-11 August 2002
CCI** Final Results
1) SIRUS; Claire Phillips (GBR), 2) NORTHERN PRIDE; Gilly Milne (GBR), 3) PARSLEY II; Sasha Harrison (IRL) -
CCI* Final Results
1) CHAMROCK; Fiona Cardrick (GBR), 2) CAROLINA KNOCK OUT; Kate Cox (GBR), 3) PRIMMORE'S PIONEER; Austin O'Connor (IRL)
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12th August 2002

Champions Crowned at the North American Young Riders’ Championships Presented by State Line Tack
Old Mill Creek, IL – August 11, 2002 – Jacqueline Paxton 21, of Cincinnati, OH, Cayce Harrison, 18, of Burridge, IL and Brittany Kart, 18, of Atlanta, GA, won individual gold medals at the 2002 North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line Tack, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL on Sunday.

In the Dressage division, Paxton, riding for US Region 2, led throughout the competition and received a 71.200%, her best score ever, to win Sunday’s culminating Freestyle Championship and clinch the Gold Medal with a three-round score of 212.040. Paxton could not believe her good fortune.
“I can’t believe I did it again,” said Paxton of her high score. “I am really happy with the way things went, I am so excited.”
Leahe Webb, 19, of Region 7, moved up from fourth on the final day to win the silver medal on Hugo with an overall score of 197.800. The bronze medal went to Lindsey Anderson of Region 6 riding Intrepid with an overall score of 197.560.
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12th August 2002

Kerrygold Horse Show Leading Rider Award 2002 - Cian O'Connor (Irl)
THE KERRYGOLD SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP, International Jumping Competition, FEI Art.239 & 268, Table C 1m40 to 1m50
1) MULLIGAN; Peter CHARLES(IRL), 2) LISMORE CLOVER; Lt David O'BRIEN (IRL), 3) CORTAFLEX MACHIAVELLI; William FUNNELL (GBR)-
THE KERRYGOLD INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m60 with one jump-off
1) HBC JACOMAR; Marc HOUTZAGER (NED), 2) NABAB DE REVE; Philippe LEJEUNE (BEL), 3) BOHERDEAL CLOVER; Lt David O'BRIEN (IRL)
THE <ROCKBARTON> Grade BC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, For award of the Boylan Trophy - Sponsored by Canada Life
1) NEWMARKET JEWEL; Mark O'SULLIVAN (IRL), 2) LIFFEY VALLEY; Paul O'SHEA (IRL), 3) BEST WESTERN; Trevor BARTLETT (IRL)
THE <BELLEVUE> SIX YEAR OLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Sponsored by Canada Life
1) LOLTAIRA QUEEN; Neal FEARON (IRL), 2) MANSFIELD CRUISE; Edward LITTLE (IRL), 3) EYE QUE; Gabriel SLATTERY (IRL)
THE <SPORTSMAN> FIVE YEAR OLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Sponsored by Canada Life
1) SHANROE SPIRIT; Roddy DEAN (IRL), 2) SANDVELLA; Trevor BARTLETT (IRL), 3) ECHO BEACH; Marion HUGHES (IRL)
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11th August 2002
The Training Tree: Relaxation
WAVERLY, WV--As the horse progresses in his training, you begin “layering” new things on top of what the horse always knows. If you have a problem, you go back to where the horse last accepted everything and start over from there.
Rhythm is at the bottom of the training tree because doing everything in a consistent, predictable way gets the horse’s attention and builds trust in the horse. When you’re doing things rhythmically and you are never quick or abrupt or “startling” to the horse, then the horse will relax. Now you can start to work with his mind.
You know whether the horse trusts you or not by watching his body language. His breathing will tell you if he’s relaxed or not. The position of his ears and his eyes will tell you where his attention is. The set of his tail and the degree of tension in his facial muscles, his neck muscles and his back muscles are other clues to his state of mind. In the beginning, you need some mechanical guidelines for judging whether a horse is relaxed. Remember, thought, that part of what any horse presents to you is just his personality, separate from the specific body language he’s giving you about how he feels at the moment. Eventually you just want to develop a feel for whether the particular horse is relaxed or not. Then anytime you lose it, you just go back to doing something in a rhythmic way until the horse puts his attention back on you and relaxes again.
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11th August 2002

O'Connor's Puissance Victory Equals All-Time Record
Twenty-two yr old Irish rider Cian O'Connor lived up to his promise at today's (Saturday) Kerrygold Horse Show in Dublin with a breathtaking win in the Puissance competition, equalling the all-time RDS height record of 2m25 (7'5").
Having signalled his determination to please the home crowd with the only Irish clear round in the Aga Khan Trophy competition on Friday, the young Kildare rider rode <Irish Independent Casper> clear in the fifth round to equal the record set in 1998, and beat a crack international field of eight other riders.
O'Connor was one of three left in the fifth round jump-off, but both Britain's Tim Stockdale on the Puissance veteran <Fresh Direct Wiston Bridget> and France's Christian Hermon on <Fucson de Granlieu> toppled the coping of the giant wall. O'Connor and his ten year-old grey gelding were last to jump, and cleared the wall with apparent ease, picking up prize money of Eur 6,250. The Kerrygold appearance was <Irish Independent Casper's> first ever Puissance competition. Please click here for further details

11th August 2002
US Area 2 Leads After Cross Country in the CCI** Event at the North American Young Riders’ Championships Presented by State LineTack
Old Mill Creek, IL – August 10, 2002 – US Area 2 leads the CCI** Event going into the final day of competition at the North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line Tack, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL with a combined score of 189.82 penalties. The Area 2 team consists of Kathleen Dingus riding Springcroft tia Maria, Stephanie Butts and Bungee, Maisy Grassie on Heyday and Erin Freedman on Captain Hook.
Second in the team CCI** standings following the cross country phase is the combined Area1/5 team with a total score of 206.80 penalties and third so far is Team Canada – Ontario with 209.81 penalties. Individually, Brittany Kart of US Area 3/4/7 is on top riding Semper Fidelis with a score of 56.00 penalties. Kathleen Dingus is second and Stephanie Butts is third.
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11th August 2002

The Kerrygold Horse Show - National Show Jumping Results Saturday August 10
THE KERRYGOLD HORSE SHOW, National Jumping Competition - Grade A Championship
1) SHANNONDALE; Lt Shane CAREY (IRL), 2) RAMERO B; Edward DOYLE (IRL), 3) WHO'S BUSINESS AS USUAL; Francis CONNORS (IRL)
THE EQUESTRIAN WORLD OF MAYNOOTH, National Championship 138cm
1) SLIGO CLASSIC; Stephen HOWLEY (IRL), 2) CREATIVE DANCER; Mairead COSGRAVE (IRL), 3) GREY PALACE; Laura BROWN (IRL)
THE EQUESTRIAN WORLD OF MAYNOOTH, National Championship 148cm
1) MIAMI BOUND; Nicola FITZGIBBON (IRL), 2) ANOTHER RIOT; Anthony CONDON (IRL), 3) LACKEN SHAFT; Anthony CONDON (IRL) -
ISUZU AMATEUR RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP, National Jumping Competition
1) HORSEPOWER CILLA; Alison WALL (IRL), 2) DATABASE; Martin WILSON (IRL), 3) GOLDEN FIELD; Walter HAYES (IRL)
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