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2nd August 2003
The FEI

Samsung Super League News : Top-Hats and Tails At Traditional Dublin!
The Samsung Super League road show comes to Dublin next week with France still holding the narrowest of leads over the Irish while the British continue to gather pace. This promises to be one of the most exciting legs of the series to date, with the host team determined to oust the French from the head of the pack and the British in bullish form after their success in Hickstead.
Dublin is a heady mixture of horses, heroes and haute couture with emphasis placed on tradition and judges, officials and special guests will be attired in top-hats and tails while the ladies will don their finest attire as the teams battle it out for the Aga Khan Cup on Friday August 8th.

It’s a festival of all that is good in equestrian sport and, after 130 years, it claims a special place in the Irish summer calendar. The first Dublin Horse Show was staged in 1868 when hunting horses competed over the "high leap", the "wide leap" and stone walls on the Lawns of Leinster House, now Government Buildings, in the heart of the city. After three days of competition, sheep-farmer Richard Flynn from County Roscommon in the west of Ireland was awarded the world’s first show jumping championship title. The event moved to the Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds in Ballsbridge in 1881 and it was here, in 1926, that the first Nations Cup competition took place with Switzerland claiming the honours. Please click here for further details
Dual Gold Cup Winning Horse Has Own Web Site & Information Line For Open Day
Sunday 21 September
Best Mate’s Open Day on Sunday 21 September, now has its own web site which provides full details and news of the event: www.bestmate.info as well as an information line on 01793-710707.
The Open Day will be a rare opportunity for the public to see Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Best Mate, and the other horses at Henrietta’s training yard at West Lockinge Farm, Wantage, Oxon. It will be the first time that the yard will be open to the public in five years.
Comments Henrietta: “Best Mate has been enjoying his Summer break in the sunshine with his ‘best mate’ Edredon Bleu and has recently started light exercise to tone him up in preparation for his first race in November. He will absolutely adore all the attention of the Open Day and I am sure would be delighted to know that he now has his own web site!”
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Scope Festival 2003
26th August - 31st August 2003
Having successfully run for the last six years, Scope Promotions (Equestrian) Ltd are delighted to be back on Staffordshire County Showground where the Scope Festival will run six days of show jumping for a seventh tremendous year. Competing will be Britains leading show jumpers, brining with them around 1500 horses and ponies. A staggering £88,000 of prize money will be up for grabs over the six day duration of the show.
The show ground will be over flowing as this show has progressively grown over the years. Qualifiers have taken place around the country throughout the year, culminating in these prestigious finals. Show jumping will take place in the Championship Arena plus three outdoor arenas from 9am and will continue until 10.30pm in the indoor Championship Arena.
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Severson Takes Early Lead at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
Hardwick, MA—August 1, 2003—Kimberly Severson of Scottsville, VA, took the early lead in the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship following the dressage phase on Friday, August 1, opening day of the Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
A 2002 World Equestrian Games team Gold Medalist aboard Winsome Adante, Severson rode Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain Dealing Farm, Inc., to a score of 22.92 penalty points to top the field of 24 entries.
The 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials also hosts seven other Advanced, Preliminary and Young Rider divisions. Following dressage in the Advanced Division 1 competition, Severson and Winsome Adante lead the standings with a score of 24.17 penalty points. Jan Thompson and Waterfront sit atop the Advanced Division 2 standings with 25.00 penalties, and Michael Pollard currently leads the Advanced Division 3 aboard SS Jett with 37.92 penalty points.
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Kappler Wins $10,000 Open Mini Prix at Manchester & The Mountains
East Dorset, VT—August 1, 2003—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ won the $10,000 Open Mini Prix at Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show aboard Profox, owned by Jorgen Winroth. The event took place today during the fourth week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Under heavy rains, Kappler, who will represent the United States at this month’s Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, and Profox were one of only two horse-and-rider combinations out of the 18 who competed to produce a clear round with no time penalties over course designer Ken Krome’s first round course made up of 12 numbered fences and 14 jumping efforts.

Going eleventh in the jumping order, Courtney Phibbs aboard Snepts, owned by Court Lin Frae Farm, was the first rider to turn in a clear round over the first round course and immediately competed over the jump-off course. Over the shortened jump-off course, Phibbs dropped one rail to give her a four fault score in a time of 38.335 seconds.
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Selection Procedures for 2004 Vaulting World Championships Now Available on USET Website
Gladstone, New Jersey—August 1, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that the selection procedures for the 2004 Vaulting World Championships have been distributed to athletes, coaches, and Vaulting clubs, and are also now available on the USET’s website at www.uset.org in the Vaulting section.
The 2004 Vaulting World Championships will take place in Stadl Paura, Austria, August 5-8, 2004. Applications for consideration for the U.S. team must be received by the USET no later than March 1, 2004 and separate applications must be filed for the individual and team competitions. Coaches, not individual athletes, will file applications for the team events.
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Rio Vista Products Named Official Grooming Products of the New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals
SAUGERTIES, NY (August 1, 2003)—The New Marshall & Sterling League is pleased to welcome Rio Vista Products as the Official Grooming Products for the New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals to be held September 17-21, at Worcester's Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In addition to being the Official Grooming Products, Rio Vista Products will also enhance the educational aspect of the horse show with "The Horse Experience", its mobile exhibit of the horse. Spectators and competitors alike will enjoy interactive, multimedia presentations covering a variety of topics including the history of the horse, the breeds, the sports, behavior, grooming, and much more.
Rio Vista Products is a manufacturer of equine and canine grooming products. The Rio Vista range of grooming products is sold at tack and feed stores and pet shops throughout the United States and Canada. Products include Color Enhancing Shampoos, Conditioners, Hoof Manicure, Equine-Shine, EnerGPlus Feed Supplement and Cool Blue Liniment.
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USET Awards $50,000 in Grants to Assist Athletes With International Competition
Gladstone, NJ—August 1, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has approved $50,000 in Athlete Grants to assist athletes with costs associated with international competition.
The Athlete Grant program is designed to fund activities that have a direct impact on athletes’ ability to help the United States win medals at Olympic Games, Pan American Games or World Championships.
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Clougher Valley Show Results
Wednesday 30th July 2003
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI ***SPANGENBERG, GERMANY AUGUST 1-3, 2003
CSIO DUBLIN IRELAND AUGUST 6-10, 2003
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1st August 2003
The FEI

FEI Eventing World Cup News
Leslie Law (GBR), riding the 11-year old gelding Shear L'eau, won the 11th leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup held at the Lulworth International Horse Trials (GBR) from 25 through 27 July. The pair, whose final result was 52.1, became convincing winners after performing a good Dressage test (45.1) and scoring only one penalty point in the Cross Country for exceeding the time allowed.
The twelfth World Cup leg held at the same time at Morgan Park, Warwick (AUS) was none the less exciting.
Megan Jones (AUS), riding the 12-year old stallion Kirby Park Irish Hallmark, won the qualifier with remarkable final 44.26 points. Her outstanding Dressage result of 38.26 and her clear Show Jumping round led her to undisputed victory despite the 6 Cross Country time penalties. Megan also competed in the first Australian World Cup qualifier at Werribee Park, Melbourne, where, despite a very good Dressage test, she placed 4th. She is the third Australian rider after Philip Dutton and Nick Roe to score 30 points counting towards the final standings, which guarantees her presence at the Final.
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Meeting of Minds at Horse Transportation Conference
The Second International Conference on the Transportation of Horses, funded by the ILPH, FEI, MSPCA and supported by Peden Bloodstock, was considered a resounding success by one and all when it concluded earlier this month.
Vets, shipping agents, insurers, regulators, engineers, flying grooms and team managers came together with delegates from over 23 countries to consider the best ways to transport top competition and breeding stock by road, sea and air, and to discuss the various health and safety risks involved.

Veterinary experts went on to consider, along with agricultural engineers, regulators and animal welfare groups, the contrasting plight of slaughter horses on their final journey to the abattoir.
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Belfast Indoor International Horse Show Unveils Web site
Get yourself connected and discover an easier way to get the low down on the world of International Show Jumping. With weekly updates, interviews and newsletters, The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show in association with Equestrian Sports Promotions has launched a new web site: www.belfasthorseshow.com and promises to bring you bam up-to-date with everything you need to know about the world of horses and Ireland’s first ever Five-Star Indoor International Horse Show.
Tickets for The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show are on sale NOW!
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Wales Win Mounted Games World Team Championships
After four qualifying competitions Wales emerged victorious at the World Mounted Games Team Championships at Kentucky Horse park, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
Champions in England in 2002, they were pre-match favourites. The team of Christian Jones, Alex Jones, Boo Price, Jo Dale and Huw Whitney - trained by Clive Jones - were pushed to the final race by France, who took the silver medal position by just one point, finishing on 58.
England (Choc Adcock, Elaine Trevor-Jones, Richard Pringuer, Ross Elliott and Vicky Thomas - trained by Alastair Elliott finished with the bronze medal on a score of 52. The home team of USA were fifth one point behind Canada - World Champions in 2001 - who were fourth. Both Canada and USA had the adavntage of using their own ponies with all overseas riders using borrowed ponies.
In total 14 teams from throughout the world travelled to Kentucky.
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society Ragwort survey reveals disturbing new figures on horse fatalities
New figures show that about 6,500 horses and ponies died in 2002 after eating the lethal ragwort plant.
The figures, reached after a survey by The British Horse Society (BHS) and the British Equestrian Veterinary Association (BEVA), came as a shock. In 2001 similar research put the figure at only 500.
Veterinary surgeons, all members of BEVA, were this year asked to complete a questionnaire in a bid to discover the true numbers of animals suffering from suspected or confirmed ragwort poisoning. Results have shown that, nationwide, numbers far outstrip the conservative estimate given by Dr Derek Knottenbelt in 2001. Dr Knottenbelt, from the University of Liverpool, suggested at the time that some 500 horses had died from ragwort poisoning and he expected that figure to double in 2002. However, on being asked how many suspected or confirmed cases the vets had dealt with last year the estimate rose to over 6,500.
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Successful Adoption Day for the Brumby Protection Group
The Brumby Protection Groups first Adoption Day at Glenworth Valley, Sydney Australia, was a complete success, with all of the young Walers going to new homes. Prices were high considering the depressed market for horses right now due to the drought, thus showing the interest that Australians have in both brumbies, and Waler's.
The horses came from an outback station near Alice Springs, and were trucked nearly four thousand kilometres to reach the coast where they could be safe. A further sixty young Walers are still in need of a home, and as soon as Brumby Protection Group can find the funds to get them off the property where they are being "bushed", they will be brought to Sydney and trained as saddle horses.
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Competition Set to Begin at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
Hardwick, MA—July 31, 2003— Action-packed equestrian competition at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials begins Friday, August 1, at picturesque Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA. Competition continues through Sunday, August 3.
The stage is set for three days of exciting equestrian action at one of America’s premier Horse Trials, with more than 200 horses and riders from the U.S. and other countries. Over the Walls will showcase the nation’s most accomplished eventers as they vie for the Jack Le Goff Trophy in the event’s featured competition – the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship. The trophy is awarded to the top U.S. horse and rider combination.
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New Faces in Hunter Rings Shine at Fourth Week of Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—July 31, 2003— Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, MD, rode Lola, owned by Jeanne Marie Gelber, to the win in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division at the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, July 30-August 3. This is the fourth week of The Vermont Summer Festival, July 10-August 11, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

Leffler rode Lola to blue ribbon finishes in both of the day’s classes held over fences to give her the edge she needed to win the Championship. Shachine Belle rode Attache, owned by JT Farm, to earn the Reserve Championship award.
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Research For Book For Equine Non-Profits and Horse Associations In The Works
Blue Ribbon Consulting, LDO, LLC is conducting research for a book geared towards Equine Non-Profits and Horse Associations. This book will be the third in the Good Footing Workbook Series written by consultant, speaker, and author Lisa Derby Oden. The goal of this book is to provide Equine Non-Profits and Horse Associations with tools for sustainability, ideas they may not have thought of, and motivation to keep on with their good work.
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Fargis Named USET Athlete of the Month for July
Gladstone, NJ—July 31, 2003— Three-time Olympic medalist Joe Fargis of Southampton, NY was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for July. Fargis received this honor after he rode Edgar to the win in the $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, presented by HBO, to conclude the Oaks Blenheim International CSI****.
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USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces Team For 2003 FEI World Pairs Driving Championship
USA Equestrian announced today that following a meeting this week of the High Performance Driving Selectors and a meeting of the Selection Subcommittee of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee, it was voted to name pair drivers to represent the United States at the upcoming FEI World Pairs Driving Championship. The Championship takes place at Haras de Jardy, France, September 18-21.
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AGM of Equestrian Federation Of Ireland
At the Annual General Meeting of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, held at the Glenroyal Hotel, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, on July 31st, 2003, Avril Doyle was returned unopposed as President of the EFI for a second two-year term.
New Directors were presented and approved during the Directors' meeting, which preceded the agm. These were:Eventing Ireland: John Greene Irish Long Distance Riding Association: (ILDRA): Sharon PerryShow Jumping Association of Ireland (SJAI): Maureen Bagnall, Patrick Duggan Royal Dublin Society (RDS): Norman Allen, Philip O'Connor
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Sherry Adams Named USET Ambassador
Gladstone, NJ—July 31, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the appointment of Sherry S. Adams of Plano, TX, as its ambassador to the discipline of Reining.
An owner and breeder of top reining horses, Adams is deeply involved in the USET’s lone Western riding discipline and is committed to furthering reining’s standing internationally.
“I am truly humbled by the invitation to serve as a USET Ambassador and it is with great honor that I accept the position,” said Adams. “It has been a lifelong calling from the heart that brought me to the world of equestrian sports and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the USET. I shall do my best to meet the challenge of building support for the Team within the reining community.”
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31st July 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society Ragwort campaign gallops on
Following the extremely successful BHS press conference to launch the draft code of practice to control the spread of Common Ragwort, held at the Royal International Horse Show last week (24 July) with Alun Michael, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister for the Horse, the Society's campaign has received unprecedented media coverage.
Four major national newspapers, national radio, regional television and radio and numerous local newspapers, to say nothing of the equestrian media, have provided coverage of the campaign which is currently enjoying high profile political attention through the BHS Private Members' Bill and draft code of practice.
The PMB provides for a statutory code of practice which will be admissible in evidence and the draft document, launched at the press conference by Alun Michael, will provide a strategy and guidelines for landowners and occupiers to comply with the Weeds Act 1959 in controlling the spread of Common Ragwort seeds.
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Great Britain Win Super League Nations Cup At Hickstead

A triumphant British team stormed to victory on home ground in Friday's Samsung Super League Nations Cup held at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead. Following a morning of torrential rain, the sun eventually broke through in time for the eight participating teams to parade.
Drawn first to go, Nick Skelton riding John and Lisa Hales' 9 year-old bay stallion, Arko III, set the team in good stead with a superb clear round. First round clears also followed from Richard Davenport and Martin Dawes' Dutch bred gelding Luc and Robert Smith riding his own Irish bred bay gelding, Mr Springfield. Scott Smith with Mike Dawsons' Cabri d'Elle lowered just one pole, leaving Great Britain leading on a zero score after the first round.
In a nailbiting second round which almost ended in a jump-off, Nick and Arko again produced another faultless round with Scott and Richard both lowering a fence each. A mistake from France's Michel Robert at the last fence, and it was clear that Great Britain could not be beaten, therefore Robert and Mr Springfield did not need to jump in the second round.
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Breakthrough in nutrition helps horses with respiratory problems
A new respiratory support formula, WINERGY VENTIL-ATEä, is providing a breakthrough for horses at risk from respiratory challenges such as Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO).
Developed as a result of a massive research project conducted by the WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group, in collaboration with the Animal Health Trust (AHT), WINERGY VENTIL-ATEä is the only equine respiratory supplement to have been proven in published scientific trials.
Horses breathe over 70,000 litres of air a day and even more if exercised. A healthy respiratory system is vital for overall well-being, yet a number of environmental factors such as pollens, dusts, atmospheric pollutants and stabling regimens may severely compromise the condition of your horse’s airways. The lungs normally provide natural defences to combat these respiratory hazards including the secretion of mucus and also by the specific production of antioxidants. Work at the AHT in collaboration with WALTHAM® showed that horses with RAO have much lower levels of a key antioxidant than healthy horses.
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British Pony Team Win European Championships For The Seventh Year

Great Britain's Pony European Show Jumping Team, sponsored by KITT, won the Pony European Team Championship held at Necarne Castle, County Fermanagh, Ireland from 22 -27 July 2003.
The victorious team finished on a total score of 4 faults ahead of the Netherlands (9 faults) and Ireland (17 faults) respectively. This is the seventh consecutive year the British pony team has won European Championship Title under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe, Katrina Moore and Team Trainer, Alan Fazakerley
TEAM RESULT : TEAM GOLD GREAT BRITAIN, TEAM SILVER NETHERLANDS, TEAM BRONZE IRELAND,
Fourteen Year Old, Hannah Paul from St Albans, Hertfordshire went on to take the individual Silver Medal with Mister Amontilano behind Switzerland's Julie Delaporte (Sabra). Sophie Broome took the Individual Bronze medal with Matthew Broome's, Spottie Dot Com.
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Milton Continues to Dominate at Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—July 30, 2003— The Vermont Summer Festival’s Leading Lady Hunter Rider, who was so named on July 27, Katie Milton of Locust Valley, NY, has continued her winning ways on the opening day of the Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show, July 30-August 3, the fourth week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

Milton rode Kensington, owned by Danielle Glass of New York, NY, to take first and second place in the Regular Working Hunter over fences classes. The pair, who earned division championship honors at the Valley Classic, July 23-27, then went on to take second place honors in the under saddle phase of the competition.
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USA Equestrian
BET To Sponsor USAE National Junior Jumper Championships
BET (Black Entertainment Television) has signed on to become the sponsor of the BET/USAE National Junior Jumper Championships for the 8th consecutive year. The event will be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, Oct 9 – 11.
The BET/USAE National Junior Jumper Championship is considered a USA Junior Olympic-Equestrian Event and as such, the top three teams will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Junior Olympic Medals. The name of the winning team will be inscribed on the Frances Newbill Rowe Memorial Trophy, named in honor of the top jumper trainer of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
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USA Equestrian
Electronic Results On The Rise
On its 150th anniversary the Upperville Colt and Horse Show moved into the twenty first century by submitting results to USA Equestrian electronically, a first for Upperville and show secretary Jonathan Rabon.
Since December 1, 2002, over 420 additional horse shows have taken advantage of USA Equestrian’s electronic results option and earned over $18,000 in rebates on competition fees.
“Competitions can realize a short-term benefit when they qualify for the $50 rebate, but the long-term return is better service to our members,” reported Cheryll Frank, Director of Sport Data. “The new USAE database powers the website, so points, results and rankings are visible on the internet the minute the files are posted. Members can see their rankings change throughout the day, and point corrections can be performed and viewed while the member is on the phone. USAE staff still has to proof the data submitted by the shows for accuracy, but our long term goal is to move the rankings and results as close to real time as possible.”
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USA Equestrian
Dates And Locations Set For 2004 USAE Dressage Championships And Selection Trials
The dates and locations for 2004 USAE Dressage Championships and Selection Trials were approved during the USA Equestrian Executive Committee meeting held Monday, July 21.
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CSI**** La Coruna (Esp)
7 - 10 August 2003

John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Robert Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKS,
Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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30th July 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
28 July 2003

- EU Pony Championships in Necarne Castle (IRL)
- EU Dressage Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Saumur (FRA)
- Samsung Super League
- FEI Open European Endurance Championship - change of date
- Big media interest in the Europeans Jumping
- FEI/PSI Jumping and Dressage Challenge
- World Driving Pairs Championship in Jardy (FRA)
- Congratulations to Jack Pemberton
- FEI World Reining Masters Series
- Israeli rider wins an International Grand Prix
- Pippa Funnel leads the Eventing World Riders Rankings
- Sports development: seminar in Jamaica
- In Memoriam Karl Bodenmüller
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British Hopes Are Rising

The British Show Jumping Team's hopes of qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games were given a welcomed boost this week with the arrival of two new international horses into the squad.
Michael Whitaker, who lost his horse Landfurst 6, in such tragic circumstances at Aachen in June, has sealed the ride on a horse he previously rode, before being sold the United States of America. Fleur, a 12 year-old bay mare by Romino was originally purchased for Michael to ride in 1999 and then laterly sold to the US in 2000 and has since competed for Switzerland with Lesley McNaught and laterly for Ireland with Trevor Coyle, gaining placings in World Cup Qualifiers at Geneva, Gothenburg and Vigo. Fleur is owned by Mr & Mrs Sepperstein from the United States and will compete under the ownership of their company Beverley Hills Equestrian Partners (BEP). Michael also has another of the Sepperstein's horses to ride, a 9-year-old bay mare called Portofino.
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Southern Horse and Country Fair Trots Out For Another Successful Year!
The Southern Horse and Country Fair - the ultimate equine and country living event - will take place at the Royal Bath & West Showground on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October.
Organisers Contour Exhibitions & Events Limited have combined the best of its renowned equine and country pursuit events to produce the Southern Horse and Country Fair. Premium equine displays and advice will rub shoulders with similar activities from the world of country living. All this, together with a huge shopping village area with over 200 exhibitors, means that the Southern Horse and Country Fair is billed as being the biggest and best so far.
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Robinsons to sponsor Bold Heath One Day Event
Bold Heath Equestrian Centre hold a one-day event one 10th August thanks to sponsors Robinsons, the largest equestrian mail order company in the country. The One-Day Event is affiliated to British Eventing and will be held at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre, which is situated at heath House Farm, Warrington Road, Bold Heath, Cheshire. The cross-country course has been designed by Ken Davies and both Pre- Novice and Novice section will take place, which allow horses and riders starting off in the sport to get used to jump fixed fences on the cross-country course.
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2003 Fair Hill International’s Courses Get a Facelift
Fair Hill, MD—July 28, 2003—Six new obstacles are planned for the cross-country course at the 15th annual Fair Hill International CCI***, part of the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, which returns to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in beautiful Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26, 2003.
In addition to the new fences, several existing fences are scheduled to receive repairs and improvements. The upgrades come as a result of a thorough course review and discussion between Fair Hill event organizers and course designer Derek di Grazia of Pebble Beach, CA. An Eventing World Championship veteran, Di Grazia won the Fair Hill International CCI*** and the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Three-Day Event Championship in 1991.
The 2003 Fair Hill International has been chosen by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI) to host this year’s Pan American Games Eventing Championship. In order to distinguish the Pan American Championship from the Fair Hill CCI, both of which are held at the three-star level, event organizers will present two different jumping courses, one for each competition. Sally Ike of Oldwick, NJ, a former international eventing competitor and currently the USET Director of Show Jumping and Vaulting Activities, will design both courses.
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European Championships Short-List Announced

The short-list for the 2003 FEI European Show Jumping Championships to be held in Donaueschingen (GER) from 20th - 24th August has been announced.
This year's Championships will take place in the attractive German town of Donaueschingen, located near the Swiss border on a high plateau between the Black Forest and Lake Constance. Competitions will be held over 5 days starting with a warm-up competition on Wednesday 20th August 2003. The first speed leg of the Championship takes place on Thursday 21st August with the Team Championship the following day, Friday 22nd August 2003 and the Individual medals will be decided on Sunday 24th August 2003.
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CSI* Chalais (Fra) 7 - 10 August 2003
Kelly-Ann Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX , Andrea Buchanan From Beaulieu-sour-Parthenay, FRANCE have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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29th July 2003

The Glenbrook
Chill out with Toggi
With the British weather being so unpredictable, Toggi knows that long-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts and knitwear are must have items for all year round, with the secret to staying warm lying in multiple layers. With this in mind, its 2003 Autumn/Winter collection has been extended to include some innovative knitwear to keep you warm and looking good, plus some additions to its long sleeve t-shirt range and sweatshirt range.
New to the range and crossing the bridge between t-shirt and sweatshirt, the Franklin is a 100 % cotton pique shirt with twill trim, button placket and contrast embroidery. For the perfect winter t-shirt, Toggi's Ascot style is still a winner. Made from 92% cotton and 8% elastene, the Ascot is cut for ladies and features long sleeves, a round neck with a contrast inside neck panel and tonal embroidery.
For a slightly thicker garment that's perfect for keeping the morning chill away, Toggi has introduced the Jutland and the Rockland. The Jutland is a unisex bonded tunic half zip sweatshirt featuring a contrast colour collar, waist adjuster and zipped pockets and is available in navy/denim, aubergine/grape and denim/navy colourways. The Rockland is a ladies hooded full zip sweatshirt, made of double- sided knit bonded jersey with ribbed hem and cuffs available in contrasting colourways of black/raspberry, raspberry/sweetpea and duck egg blue/petrol blue.
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Seventh heaven for shoppers
Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials, 4th-7th September 2003, is internationally renowned for its fabulous shopping and this year it will be surpassing all expectations with the best ever array of over 300 of the finest trade stands, all within a close proximity.
Every exhibit at Burghley is carefully chosen to ensure that visitors are provided with an unbeatable selection of first class shopping. The diversity and quality of products on offer this year are second to none and it will be a tough challenge for even the most difficult-to-please shopper to come home empty-handed!
Fashion sophisticates can choose from an almost better than Bond Street range of sumptuous linens, cashmeres, silks and leathers. Serious jewellery enthusiasts can browse an exquisite selection of silver, gold, diamonds and pearls. Collectors and craft-lovers can enjoy antiques, fine art, ceramics and a stunning collection of handicrafts from around the world. Dads and brothers can check out a range of cars, four-wheel-drives and ATV’s as well as an abundance of first class garden goods. All this and everything for the horse and rider is available too.
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Robinsons to sponsor new event at Standish
Robinsons, one of Wigan's oldest companies, and the largest equestrian mail order company in the country, have agreed title sponsorship of a new national one-day event at Standish, taking place on Sunday 7th September. The Robinsons' Standish One-Day Event is affiliated to British Eventing and will be held at Thompson House Farm, which is sited off Pepper Lane, Standish, Nr.Wigan. The cross-country course has been built from scratch on the Thompson House Farm site and the event is expected to attract more than 210 entries from across the UK. The competition will be run in six sections and will feature Intro and Pre-Novice classes, which cater for horses and riders starting off in the sport.
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Death and Drama in the World of Driving : New Novel Centers on Carriages and Driving
Foxboro, MA— July 28, 2003—The world of carriages and driving take center stage in “The Fifth Wheel,” a suspenseful new novel written by Barbara Weir, one of the founders of the American Driving Society (ADS).
Set at the annual outing of the “American Carriage Society,” the novel focuses on the mysterious death of an influential patron of equestrian sports, whose years of driving experience don’t save him and his four-in-hand team from plunging off a cliff.
Published by Xlibris Corporation, the novel is replete with references to the world of driving including detailed explanations of how carriages are built and work, their history and even tangential subplots involving show jumping and Olympic team selection. It provides a comfortable and familiar setting to those involved in driving and an easy-to-understand introduction to equestrian sport’s most pristine discipline to the previously uninitiated—all within a tale of drama, suspense and Mozart’s chamber music.
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Exciting Events, Music, Food, Shopping Opportunities and Concert Make the Laurels at Landhope Autumn Celebration A Great Family Outing!
West Grove, PA—July 28, 2003—The Laurels at Landhope will hold its annual Autumn Celebration Weekend with the National AKC Tail Blazer’s Fall Dog Agility Trials, performances by the highly-popular Barbone Street Jazz Band, unique shopping opportunities and world-class equestrian driving competition.
The Laurels at Landhope, September 5-7 in West Grove, PA, hosts international competitors from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, all of whom are competing for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) North American Top Driver Award. Important national and international competitions including the 2003 USA Equestrian Pony Championships, the Martin Auctioneer/Kuhnle Carriage North American Single Horse Challenge, and the FEI North American Single Driving Challenge. The Laurels is also a United States Equestrian Team (USET) Selection Trial for World Championship teams.
New to the Laurels at Landhope Autumn Celebration Weekend this year is the National AKC Tail Blazer’s Fall Dog Agility Trials. The Dog Trials is an exciting event in which dogs and their handlers must rely on hard training and good communication skills to perform feats of speed and agility.
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Mclain Ward And Sapphire Capture The $50,000 Avis Grand Prix
Ellenville, NY (July 28, 2003)—McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, delivered a cool victory on Sapphire, owned by Double H Farm, in the $50,000 Avis Grand Prix at HITS Catskills IV. Ward qualified for the jump-off on two mounts, also finishing in fourth place on his own Courletta K. Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski and Indeed, owned by The Group Indeed, finished in second place. Kursinski also placed fifth on Sun God, owned by Ron & Cheryl Krise and twelfth on Sincere, owned by Meralex Farm. Third place went to Christine Tribble on Dugateau, owned by her family's Windsor Show Stable.
Twenty-eight horse and rider combinations competed over Danny Foster's fourteen-obstacle first round course. Foster set a challenging course that included a triple bar at fence No. 1, and a triple combination at fence No. 5. The time allowed was set at 96 seconds.
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Vermont Summer Festival Announces 2004 Dates
East Dorset, VT—July 28, 2003—The Vermont Summer Festival, which brings five weeks of exciting equestrian competition to Vermont, will return in 2004 from July 14 through August 15.
The Vermont Summer Festival, New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter-jumper horse show, kicks off with the Manchester Summer Festival, July 14-18. The competition continues with the Manchester Classic Horse Show, July 21-25 , the Valley Classic, July 28-August 1, Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show, August 4-8, and then concludes with the Vermont Summer Celebration, August 11-15.
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Carling King wins Hickstead King George Gold Cup
The Hickstead CSIO 5* Superleague show took place last week with Irish Sport Horses taking top placings in some of the main events there. Carling King (ISH) ridden by Kevin Babington (IRL) jumped a double clear to win the King George Gold Cup on Sunday. On Friday, the Samsung Superleague Nations Cup found Mister Springfield (ISH) and Robert Smith (GBR) on the winning British team while Carling King (ISH) and Kevin Babington (IRL) made up a quarter of the Irish team which took joint second with France.
Other Irish Sport Horses competing at Hickstead included Gelvin Clover (ISH) who was ridden by Clement McMahon (IRL) to win Fridays Osborne Refrigerators 1m50 class, in which Charlton (ISH) and Clare Bronfman (USA) came fifth. Sundays Hasseroder Queen Elizabeth II Cup Amazones Grand Prix brought sixth place for Carlow Clover (ISH) and Robin Sweely (USA) while Chippison (ISH) and Marie Burke (IRL) took seventh.
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Bob Jeffreys Clinics : Summer Fun Announcement
Summer fun with your horse! Control = Safety = Fun!!! Clinic
With Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard
For 4h-ers, Pony Clubbers, kids and their parents!
When: Saturday August 23 & Sunday August 24 9am – 3pm
Trail Ride with Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard
Come join us for a scenic weekend trail ride at Bear Spring Mountain in the beautiful Catskill Mountains August 16 & 17, 2003 RAIN OR SHINE!!!
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Farmers Call For Help To Protect Historic Sites
Farmers today pledged to work with English Heritage to investigate how more effective protection can be given to ancient sites buried beneath farmland in Britain.
It follows campaigning by the government's own agency for greater financial support to be given to farmers working land that covers scheduled monuments, in line with changes to the Common Agriculture Policy.
Farmers are currently legally permitted to plough such sites already in cultivation.
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Georgia International Horse Trials Secures Sponsorship With Prolandscapes Inc.
Georgia International Horse Trials (GIHT) announced today that it has secured its first major sponsorship for the event to be held October 20-23, 2005. ProLandscapes, a leading top tier landscape contractor in the Southeast United States, has agreed to a four-year contract with the new four-star three-day event, one of only five in the world
Jack Pollard, GIHT Executive Director said, “We are absolutely thrilled that ProLandscapes has made such a solid commitment to this promising event. This unique sponsorship offers a wonderful opportunity for ProLandscapes and the event to raise our profiles and establish our partnership in the sporting arena. We are confident of organizing a highly professional major sports competition that will generate world-wide media and public support.”
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Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Ascona Switzerland 25 - 27 July 2003
Class no. 4: PREMIO SOCITÀ ALBERGATORI ASCONA ; 1) ABOYEUR W; Hermann ENGEMANN (GER), 2) PAAVO N; Jessica KURTEN (IRL), 3) L.B. POMPIDU; Beat MANDLI (SUI) ; Class no. 6: PREMIO SCUDERIA ALLE GERRE, International Jumping Competition - Youngster Tour ; 1) VAN SCHIJNDEL'S OPTICAL; Piet RAYMAKERS (NED), 2) CASANDRA; Marcus EHNING (GER), 3) CASH-FLOW; Taizo SUGITANI (JPN), 4) BOLIVAR 11; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) ; Class no. 10: PREMIO RENTENANSTALT / SWISSLIFE, International Jumping Competition ; 1) GRANIE; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 2) QUIBELL; Jessica KURTEN (IRL), 3) ABOYEUR W; Heinrich Hermann ENGEMANN (GER)
Class no. 11: PREMIO PROFUMERIA OSSWALD, International Jumping Competition Final - Young Horses ;
1) OCTAVIA; Werner MUFF (SUI), 2) VAN SCHIJNDEL'S OPTICA; Piet RAYMAKERS (NED), 3) THORAX VAN 'T EIKHOF; Kristof CLEEREN (BEL), 4) BOLIVAR 11; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Please click here for further details

28th July 2003

The Blue Cross teams up with local equestrian star

The Blue Cross small animal and equine adoption centre at Northiam, Sussex has teamed up with well-known equestrian celebrity and talented performer Tanya Larrigan to hold an Open Day at Tanya's home in Woodchurch, featuring a fantastic and exclusive miniature horse display and a fun dog show to help raise funds for the charity.
The Open Day will be held at the Maywood Stud, Woodchurch (from High Holden, Kent take the turning opposite the Chequers Pub. Turn right at the crossroads onto Redbrook Street and follow the signs to Maywood Stud) on Sunday 10th August from 11am - 4pm and will include a variety of exciting displays and competitions as well as a bouncy castle, face painting and refreshments.
Attractions will include seeing Tanya train her famous miniature horses The Mini Marvels, culminating in the amazing Mini Marvel Riverdance display. With her ‘educated’ horse named Jacque Tanya will provide a fascinating insight into voice training horses, which includes clever Jacque showing the audience everything he has learnt and everything he has taught Tanya too! Please click here for further details

Jacquin Wins $35,000 Valley Classic Grand Prix Presented by The Equinox at Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—July 27, 2003-- Lisa Jacquin of Wayne, PA aboard Justice, owned by Dr. Juan M. Carmona , won the $35,000 Valley Classic Grand Prix Presented by The Equinox at the Valley Classic, July 23-27, the third week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

The blustering winds did not deter Jacquin, and on a day where many were affected by the rain and high winds, she proved herself to be the best. “This year, we’re used to it,” she said of the weather conditions.
Out of the starting field of 30 horse-and-rider combinations, Jacquin was one of only six pairs to go clear over the first round course designed by Olympian Conrad Homfeld to qualify to ride in the jump-off. “He’s a great horse. It felt really good,” she said of her first round. “That gave me the confidence to go a little faster in the jump-off.” Going third in the jump-off, Jacquin posted a clear round and the fasted time of 43.903 seconds to earn the blue ribbon. “He’s a great horse,” she said of her mount.
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Roberts Wins 1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic
East Dorset, VT—July 26, 2003—Jacqueline Roberts of Pipersville, PA rode her Liliaceous to win the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic at the Valley Classic Horse Show, July 23-27, the third week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Only ten of the 34 horse-and-rider combinations entered in the class turned in clear performances in the first round to qualify to ride over the shortened jump-off course. Going fourth in the jump-off, Roberts posted a clear round and the fastest time of 37.685 seconds.

Zachary Burnstein of Sudbury, MA aboard Turnloomore, owned by Henrietta Burnstein, turned in a clear performance in the jump-off with a slightly slower time of 37.762 seconds to finish second. The only other horse-and-rider combination to produce a clear round in the jump off was Caitlin Sands, of Lebanon, PA aboard her Rienne De Rouge. This pair stopped the clock at 38.307 seconds to finish third.
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Babington Wins King George V Cup In Irish Whitewash At Hickstead
While Ireland failed to win the British Nations Cup at Hickstead, England, on Friday, Ireland's Kevin Babington, from Carrick-on-Suir, took the show's individual crown today (Sunday) by winning the coveted King George V Gold Cup on the Irish-bred <Carling King>. The last Irish rider to do so was Cameron Hanley in 2000.
Babington also rode the only double clear of the Cup, making it a truly decisive win, and taking prize money of £10,000 sterling into the bargain.
But the Irish also dominated the Top Five places in the competition, with Peter Charles taking Fourth, and Billy Twomey Fifth. Ireland's Clem McMahon also took a 12th place.
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Eventing Results: CIC**/*** Lulworth Great Britain 25 - 27 July 2003
Twenty-seven year old Sasha Harrison, from Richhill in Co. Armagh booked her place to October's Three Star Eventing World Cup at Pau, France, today (Sunday), with a Third in the Three Star Event at Lulworth in Britain. Riding <All Love du Fenaud>, Sasha maintained the high standard she set in the dressage test to finish with total penalties of 59.1.
Sasha was a member of the Irish Olympics squad at Sydney 2000, where the team finished 5th overall, and also represented her country at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez last year.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Swail Triumphs At Waterford
THOUGH yesterday's North Wexford Grand Prix winner Eddie Moloney took a second at Waterford today (Sunday) it was Crossgar's Conor Swail who triumphed at Waterford's Super League competition.
Riding <Windgate's Paragon> to its first ever Grand Prix win, the Malahide-based rider also rode the second of Edward Cawley's horses, <Windgate's Mystique> into Fourth, giving Swail enough points to bring him into join sixth on the Kerrygold League table for the first time this year.
On a strong-looking course that the competitors reported afterwards as jumping surprisingly well, Shane Breen was the other league contender who improved his position, with his own <Luandra>, while the two Army riders Capt. Gerry Flynn and Lt. Shane Carey, were once again in the Top Six.
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Dressage Results: DI*** Fritzens Austria 25 - 27 July 2003
Dressurprufung Klasse S
Preis der Raiffeisen Bankengruppe Tirol GRAND PRIX SPECIAL
1) Weinrausch; Victoria Max-Theurer (GER), 2) Lucky Lemon; Christilot Boylen (CAN), 3) Aurigeno; Nicole Glaser - Kappeler (GER)
Intermediaire 1 - Musikkur
Dressurprufung Klasse S
1) Ringo Star; Ludwig Zierer (GER), 2) Alcapone; Francoise Cantamessa (SUI), 3) Placido; Karin Rehbein (GER)
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27th July 2003

Rescued Pony Triumphs at RDA Championships
Last Saturday 19 July, ILPH Remus and young Scott Whittington Simpson of Holme Lacy RDA Group, Herefordshire, became national RDA Junior Horse/Pony and Rider 'Walk in the Country 'champions at the RDA Championships at Hartbury College, in Glos.
"This is the first time either pony or rider has qualified for the championships," comments Celia Baker from Home Lacy RDA, "and we are absolutely thrilled that they won. Scott did marvelously and Remus didn't put a foot wrong, he is a real christian."
ILPH Remus, a 13 hh 14 year old grey Welsh cross gelding came into ILPH Glenda Spooner in 1996 and after coming back from loan in 2001 went to the Holme Hale RDA group in July that year.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Moloney Takes North Wexford
NOT EVERY rider feels comfortable on a new horse, and very few win on their first time out.
And the number of competitors who win a Grand Prix with their first ride on a new horse must be even fewer.
But Kilkenny's Eddie Moloney did just that today (Saturday), when he took John Widger's <Kilmoylan Warrier> (sp) into the sunlit sand arena of Barnadown Stud for the North Wexford leg of the Kerrygold Grand Prix League.
First in, and first clear, of the show, Eddie led the whole way through and the combination proved to be unbeatable.<I am just amazed, > said Eddie afterwards. <It's not the kind of thing you expect, but I'm delighted, nevertheless.>
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