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14th September 2002

Legendary equestrian traveller, Aime Tschiffely, is seen crossing a swinging rope bridge in Peru, circa 1926
The History of Equestrian Travel
by CuChullaine O'Reilly
It is only fair to admit up front that I do not feel qualified to write this article. In fact there is no living expert who can claim such an honor. This is because the subject of Equestrian Travel is the forgotten mother of our collective horse scene.
Before there were show rings, or trail rides, or rodeos, or three-day eventing, or dressage, or jumping, or gymkhanas, or polo ………. before all of those latter day events, there was equestrian travel.
If I am struggling to explain to you the "why" of its importance, I can at least adequately explain the "how" of its appearance.
The Institute of Ancient Equestrian Studies has documented a 6,000-year-old interaction between equines and humanity. Using space-age methods, these diligent scientists proved that horses were mounted, and ridden, before the Pyramids were built.
You may be saying to yourself at this point, "So what?"
In which case I must direct you back in time.
Johannes Jensen visualized in his book, "The Glacier," how mankind might have first cautiously approached, and then mounted, a wild horse. The world was a new place then. Humanity was obsessed with the dual daily efforts of survival and food. The horse was seen as nothing but another source of protein, a tasty, fleet-footed, chunk of meat not easily delivered to the stone-age dinner table.
Thus we will never know who made the first decision not to view the horse through the eyes of a predator? The Celts have long cherished the oral tradition of Epona, a legendary female who could communicate with and ride horses. Regardless, some skin-clad man or woman, whose name is now lost in the abyss of time, listened to an inner voice and changed our collective history. Humanity reached out the hand of friendship to the wary equine and a new interspecies relationship was born.
Since then there has never been a more productive bonding of man and animal.
The horse was soon plowing the ground that nurtured our first hard won seeds. He helped us round up our scattered flocks. He aided our scouts to warn us of advancing danger. He even put aside his peaceful nature and agreed to pull our war chariots to the walls of Troy.
But more importantly, the horse set us free!
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14th September 2002
HITS Announces King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals to be held at Commonwealth Park
CULPEPER, VA (September 13, 2002)-The King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals will be held this year from September 25-29 at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. The League is an association of more than 45 major equestrian events nationwide that offer Grand Prix Show Jumping events. This year's Finals in Culpeper will include competition in four divisions: Grand Prix Jumpers, Junior-Amateur-Owner Jumpers (High and Low) and Pre-Green Hunters. Each division finals is by invitation only, with invitations being issued to the top 30 national riders in each division. The top jumpers are determined by money won and the top pre-green hunters are determined by points earned.
There will be nearly 3,000 horsemen on the show grounds for the Finals, among them some of the superstars of show jumping including eight-time Olympian Ian Millar of Canada, U.S. Olympic Individual and Team Gold Medalist Joe Fargis, U.S. Olympic participant, Margie Goldstein-Engle, and many more.
The 92-acre Commonwealth Park features equestrian competition daily, beginning Wednesday, September 25 and culminating with the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix on Sunday, September 29. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm. Spectators are admitted free from Wednesday through Saturday. Children under 12 are always admitted at no charge, and parking is always free. Tickets are $5 on Sunday with the proceeds benefiting the Madison Centaur 4-H Horse Club.
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14th September 2002
American Vaulters Move Up At WEG - Maitozo Shows Champion Style
JEREZ, SPAIN September 12 - The American Vaulters moved up in the standings across the board today. The United States Team was almost flawless in their execution of their 5 minute freestyle. The competition was fierce and this brilliant performance was only enough to move the team from sixth to fifth position at the close of Round I. Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the Slovakia remain ahead of the United States in the Team Event.
All three American men were able to improve their final Round I standings with their freestyle (kur) scores earned on this second day of competition. Kenny Geisler's performance moved him into 21st position, but not enough to continue to Round II. Only 15 men are able to continue. Martonovich and Maitozo were able to secure spots in the second round of competition and move on to the Round II compulsories tomorrow.
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14th September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Speaks To Huge Audience
FALLON, NV – The entire E.C. Best Elementary school in Fallon, NV turned out to hear Canadian children’s author Nikki Tate talk about the Pony Express, which is the setting for her 11th children’s novel, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). The audience of over 500 students necessitated Nikki using modern conveniences – a megaphone and a microphone – so that all the children could hear her presentation on the back of her docile pony, Breezy.
Nikki’s children’s books have now joined the 20,000 others in the school’s prolific library, nine of which are included in the Accelerated Reader program (www.renlearn.com). School principal Scott Meihack credits the program with turning his school around from being rated "inadequate" seven years ago to one where the 420 readers in the school read 24-million words last year, checking out 50,000 books from the library during the school term. The school is now a Western Regional training site for the program.
A visit to another Fallon school, Lahontan Elementary garnered more enthusiasm from the Grade Four students, whose curriculum this year includes Nevada history. Nikki was able to tell them about the events of 1860 that occurred in their area when the short lived Pony Express made its appearance.
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14th September 2002

British Dressage WEG Disappointment
At the end of two difficult days the British Dressage riders finished team 10th at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. The team of Richard Davison, Emile Faurie, Laura Richardson and Peter Storr scored 4876 in the team Grand Prix, finishing 766 marks behind the Gold medal winning German team.

Despite thorough preparation the British team position at Jerez was the lowest since the Games began at Stockholm in 1990. At an event where it was hoped all the riders would achieve personal bests the British team was plagued by under performance.
Talking about the team performance and the task that lies ahead Performance Manager Ian Williams said: "We are all disappointed by the result as the whole team, riders and support staff have worked brilliantly and achieved their goals in preparation for this event. We now have to look at every detail and find out what went wrong. All the team and BD selectors will be involved in this review and the formulation of a plan to address the issues arising."
"British Dressage and World Class were extremely pleased with the progress that the squad had made throughout the year and the riders all deserved a better outcome here in Jerez."
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14th September 2002

U. S. is Second in Eventing After Dressage Phase at World Equestrian Games 2002
U.S. Vaulting Squad Holds On to Fifth Place
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 13, 2002 –The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing squad is in second place with a score of 111.80 penalties after the Dressage phase that concluded on Friday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The favored team from Great Britain leads in the team standings with a score of 110.60 and Germany is third with a score of 112.40.
Amy Tryon of Redmond, WA, on her Poggio II, was the first member of the squad to go for the U.S. and was pleased with her score of 43.40 penalties “I am very happy with my test, he really tried,” said Tryon. “I am looking forward to the Cross Country tomorrow.”

Kim Vinoski of Scottsville, VA and Winsome Adante, owned by Linda Wachtmeister and Plain Dealing Farm, Inc., was less satisfied with the same score of 43.40. The pair was the last to go for the U.S squad and for the day which may have affected Winsome Adante who also seemed to be affected by the surroundings and had a few little bobbles.
“He was really tense,” said Vinoski. “He got in the ring and just blew up. There were people moving around and some noise and that got him going.”
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14th September 2002

Eventing - Ireland Lying Sixth Of 13 After Dressage Stage
After two commendable performances by team members Sasha Harrison and Trish Donegan at Jerez this afternoon (Friday) the Irish Eventing team were lying in Sixth place after the dressage stage of the competition.
The cross-country element, at which Ireland usually excels, follows tomorrow (Saturday), with the show jumping element on Sunday. With such a good dressage start, Ireland could therefore be in medal contention by the end of the week. Thirteen teams are competing in Three Day Eventing at WEG.
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14th September 2002

The Race to Las Vegas Has Begun for U.S Show Jumping Riders
Gladstone, NJ- September 13, 2002— The race to the Budweiser World Cup 2003 in Las Vegas has officially started for U.S Show Jumping riders, and Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and Misti Cassar of Hidden Valley, CA lead the way after the first East and West Coast qualifying classes!
The $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, held at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY, on September 1, opened the qualifying season on the East Coast. Nine more qualifying events will follow between now and March in the USA East Coast League. A separate league for USA West Coast riders began on August 31 with the $40,000 Grand Prix of Showpark in Del Mar, CA. In the upcoming months, the United States’s best riders will battle for the right to represent their country at the Budweiser World Cup Final, which will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003. Please click here for further details

14th September 2002

Three United States Dressage Riders in Top Ten Following Grand Prix Special at 2002 World Equestrian Games
Debbie McDonald in Medal Position Entering Sunday’s Individual Final
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 13, 2002 – Three U.S. Dressage riders are in the top ten following the Grand Prix Special at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Two U.S. riders are in medal contention going into Sunday’s culminating Freestyle: Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID on Brentina, owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas, and Lisa Wilcox of Thousand Oaks, CA, riding Relevant, owned by Gundula Vorwerk and D. Claus Crone-Munzebrock. A medal by either rider would be the first World Championship medal ever by a U.S. Dressage rider!
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14th September 2002

75 Year Old Horse Abuser Convicted on 3 Counts
Today, Friday 13 September, at Reigate Magistrates Court, Surrey, Ellen Mary Jones (75) was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a filly known as Flannel Foot's Daughter; of breaching a 1994 Court Order banning her from keeping animals for 20 years and a 1995 Court Order banning her from keeping horses for life. She was remanded on unconditional bail.

Says Ted Barnes, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "Despite the 2 Court Orders Jones (Nellie) has continued to breed and keep ponies on her property, saying that they were being looked after by a third party.
"Since 27th July 2000 I have visited Nellie's property 35 times to check on the welfare of those ponies which were giving us cause for concern. Since that time she has signed over to us 12 ponies which were particularly neglected of which 6 were put down on veterinary advice, due to their severe state of malnutrition or neglect."
In January this year Ted Barnes, together with Inspector Phil Mann of the RSPCA and the police went to East Park Farm, when Jones was arrested and charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a 2 year old filly called Flannel Foot's Daughter.
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14th September 2002

Shields Grabs Early Lead in the Triple Crown of Driving, Presented by Driving Essentials, Inc./Glinkowski Carriages
West Grove, PA—September 12, 2002—Kate Shields of Middleburg, VA, took the early lead in the Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials, Inc./Glinkowski Carriages. Shields won the Advanced Singles division at The Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event, the first leg of the Triple Crown, held in West Grove, PA, September 6-8.
The 2002 Triple Crown consists of three events: The Laurels at Landhope Driving Event, the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ, October 11-13, and the Fair Hill International Driving Event in Fair Hill, MD, October 24-27.
At the Laurels at Landhope, Shields took first place in the Advanced Singles division with a score of 108.10 penalties. The win gave her the lead in the Triple Crown over two-time Triple Crown champion, Lisa Singer, who won the Advanced Pairs division with a score of 110.70 penalties and is in second place in the Triple Crown standings. Canadian Andre Paquin finished second behind Singer in the Advanced Pairs division with a score of 115.70 and sits in third place in the Triple Crown.
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14th September 2002

Devon Maitozo Vaults into Third at World Equestrian Games
Jerez de Frontera, Spain – September 12, 2002 – Devon Maitozo of Acton, CA vaulted his way into third place from tenth in the Individual Men’s Freestyle division of Vaulting on Thursday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark, CA, moved up one place to fifth and into possible medal position.
“I am very happy with my Kur today,” said Maitozo. “I had a few problems with the compulsories, but today went great. I received a few tens, so that helped.”

Maitozo is now in contention for a medal going into the second round, but the 1998 World Champion has much to overcome for another Gold Medal.
“It would be very tough to get the Gold,” said Maitozo. “Matthias Lang (FRA) and Gero Meyer (GER) both did very well, I will need some luck, but hopefully I will get a medal.”
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14th September 2002
PERA
PERA News
September 2002
The full results and news from the first day of dressage in the three day event competition are now available on peraworld.com...
- Phillip Dutton and House Doctor head the field in Jerez after the first day of dressage at the World Equestrian Games, with the USA currently leading the team competition.
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13th September 2002
Survey confirms need for trailer safety campaign
A survey conducted by The Blue Cross animal welfare charity at Blenheim Petplan International Horses Trials last week has identified that more than 50% of horse owners are unaware of even the most basic trailer maintenance requirements for the safe transport of their horses.
The survey, conducted at the launch of The Blue Cross Safe Trailer Campaign, invited horse owners to answer six simple questions on routine trailer maintenance. A frightening 56% of those asked were unable to answer all the questions correctly. Towing expert John Henderson who devised the survey explained: “It was of particular concern that some of the answers given suggested a potentially dangerous lack of knowledge with people being unaware of maintenance vital to ensure the trailer's braking system worked properly. This included people who thought trailer brakes only needed adjusting after the first 200 miles and those who did not realise the drawbar needed greasing.”
It is estimated that up to three horses every day need veterinary treatment as a result of transport related injuries. Many of these accidents are the result of poor trailer maintenance, with the collapse of the trailer floor being one of the most common and often fatal problems.
The Blue Cross Safe Trailer Campaign urges owners to undertake simple checks before transporting horses by trailer. The charity is offering free practical advice and guidance on trailer safety and maintenance in the form of an easy-reference leaflet produced in conjunction with respected towing expert John Henderson. In addition the charity is liaising with key trailer manufacturers, dealers and towing authorities to ensure that everything possible is done to provide for safe trailer travel for horses.
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13th September 2002

Flash: Eventing - Harrison Excels In Dressage Stage
At the dressage stage of the Eventing Competition at Jerez today (Friday) Ireland's Sasha Harrison, riding <All Love du Fenaud> scored 35.4 penalty points. Trish Donegan will compete in this stage later today.
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13th September 2002

United States Leads Eventing Competition After First Day of Dressage Phase at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 12, 2002 –The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing squad is in first place with a score of 68.40 penalties at the conclusion of the first day of the Dressage phase held on Thursday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA, riding Giltedge, owned by Jacqueline Mars, Christa Badger and Jonathan Ireland, and John Williams of Middleburg, VA, riding his Carrick, received the same score of 34.20 to place them in a second place tie individually.

Australia is in second place in the team standings with a score of 84.80 and the favored team of Great Britain is third with a score of 87.60. Phillip Dutton of Australia, who is riding as an individual and not as a member of the Australian team, is in the lead individually with a dressage score of 33.60 on House Doctor.
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13th September 2002

Heartwarming New Book is Released in Time for the Holidays
Available now, “Dear Dolly,” written by Emily Lineberger Bridges, shares with readers the journal that she wrote to her childhood horse, Dolly. She was Emily’s best friend, confidant and companion. While Emily grew up and saw her life unfolding ahead of her, Dolly grew older and their time together ended.
This book chronicles Emily’s return to horses after a 30-year-absence and the pursuit of her lifelong dream of building Summerwind farm. “Dear Dolly” shares the true hardships, challenges, and triumphs that Emily faced while pursing that dream, which was inspired by her years with Dolly.
“Dear Dolly” is not just a series of touching, true stories; it is also a roadmap for anyone who longs to follow their own dreams. Unique describes this book perfectly, because in addition to being inspirational, it is a “how not-to” book, offering equine education learned the hard way!“

This book is a “must-read” for anyone considering a back-yard breeding operation, as well as for anyone contemplating re-entry into the world of horses as an adult. The helpful suggestions at the end of each chapter are worth the price of the book.” Ted Land, Arcadia, Florida
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13th September 2002
USA Equestrian
U.S. Dressage Team Takes Silver At WEG
The United States Dressage Team won the Silver Medal in Team Dressage Competition at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Thursday, ending with a combined score of 5527. Germany won the Gold Medal with a score of 5642 and Spain took the Bronze Medal with a score of 5403.
The U.S. Team consisted of Sue Blinks riding Flim Flam (Hanoverian: Wilhelm Tell x Cilia), owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation, Debbie McDonald riding Brentina (Hanoverian: Brentano II x Lieselotte), owned by Perry and Peggy Thomas, Guenter Seidel riding Nikolaus 7 (Westphalian: Weinberg x Elise), owned by Dick and Jane Brown, and Lisa Wilcox riding Relevant (Oldenburg: Rubinstein I x Havanna), owned by Gundula Vorwerk and Dr. Claus Crone-Munzebrock. All four riders finished in the top 25 and will move on to Friday's Grand Prix Special, the next round of the individual competition.
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13th September 2002
Club Membership from Equus-The Horse Event
Club membership in the form of an Equus elite member, free newsletters and a newly updated website prove Equus is continuing to develop as a high profile exciting event.
Equus-The Horse Event has teamed up with British Riding Clubs this year. There are many talented riders who compete at Riding Club level and who do not seem to attain the recognition they should. Equus 2003 aims to raise the profile of British Riding Clubs and are supporting them in their efforts to increase the numbers of members.
There will be displays from Riding Club members in the Main Arena at Equus. These will be alongside demonstrations and clinics from famous equestrian personalities.
At the British Riding Clubs National Championships in Lincoln all competitors in the Senior Riding Test Championship will be competing to be the Individual Champion. The combination that takes home the silverware will also be awarded a prize from Equus. This will be a clinic with a top rider from either Dressage or Show Jumping at Equus 2003 3rd-6th April - the winner will have the opportunity to benefit from immense expertise and exposure.
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13th September 2002

United States Wins Dressage Silver Medal at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 12, 2002–The United States won the Silver Medal in the Team Dressage competition, at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on Thursday with a combined score of 5527. Germany won the Gold Medal scoring 5642 and the home team of Spain won the bronze, much to the crowd’s delight, with a score of 5403.
The U.S. squad consisted of Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID on Brentina, owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas; Lisa Wilcox of Thousand Oaks, CA riding Relevant, owned by Gundula Vorwerk and Dr. Claus Crone-Munzebrock; Susan Blinks of Wellington, FL, riding Flim Flam owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation and Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA on Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown.

This marks the best finish for a United States dressage team in any World Championship or Olympic Games. United States Equestrian Team (USET) Chef d’Equipe Jessica Ransehousen felt it was worth the wait.
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13th September 2002

Dressage Team Event - Ireland Finishes 13th
GRAND PRIX TEAM DRESSAGE RESULT
1) GERMANY Points 5642, 2) USA Points 5527, 3) SPAIN Points 5403
13) IRELAND Points 4816
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13th September 2002
Lobatse - Botswana
FEI Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - October 05th 2002
The Farm Odendaalsrus - Lobatse - Botswana
A Preview report by Jannie Kleynhans
BOTSWANA ENDURANCE RIDE ASSOCIATION
It is with great excitement that we are able to announce our very first CEI** World Masters Ride that will take place on 5 October 2002.
Botswana_s natural wealth lies in its unique scenic beauty, strikingly rugged wilderness areas, the complexity of an unremitting vastness, and the timelessness of grassy plains with their pan complexes and unusual mix of bird species. A cosmopolitan and peaceful society, Botswana has enjoyed the benefits of political stability and a truly non-racial, multiparty, participatory democracy since independence in 1966. The positive economic context has allowed for extraordinary growth in both social and physical infrastructure, dramatically improving the standard of living of many Batswana. Botswana_s population was estimated at 1.5 million in 1995 and with a population growth rate forecast of 2.09 percent, is expected to reach 2.2 million by 2015.
Endurance Riding in Botswana is still small in comparison to other countries, but the enthusiasm for the sport amongst our members can at times be quite intoxicating. We are therefore confident in our ability to organize a ride that will adhere to international standards.
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13th September 2002
PERA
PERA News
September 2002
- Catch up with all the latest news and results from the World Equestrian Games in Jerez on www.peraworld.com.
With the first session of dressage getting underway today, David O'Connor leads the way for America.
- The discipline of eventing is currently very much under the spotlight following the IOC recommendation that it be excluded from the Olympic Programme after Athens. Follow news concerning this important issue as it develops, and post your views in the PERA Chat Room.
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13th September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Re-Rides History
Winnemucca, NV--Canadian children’s author Nikki Tate visited Winnemucca, NV Wednesday, the namesake of the Indian maiden Sara Winnemucca, whose true story figures in a part of Nikki’s new book, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). Nikki spoke to students at Eleanor Lemaire Elementary school about the events that inspired her book, which is based on the Pony Express. Local media again turned out to capture the excitement of the students as Nikki rode up to their school outfitted in her red shirt and yellow bandanna astride her pony who was carrying the mochila filled with books.
As Nikki travels through Nevada telling her stories, she is also hearing the stories of the many people who come to see her. Wednesday was no exception. "White Buffalo, decked out in military garb and covered with American flags, made a point of visiting and talking with Nikki at the local library where Nikki was catching up on some writing. A representative of the Vietnam Veterans of America, human rights activist and missionary, he told Nikki about the travels and work that have landed him temporarily in Winnemucca. The meeting resulted in her exchanging her traditional Pony Express yellow bandanna for his, displaying the American flag motif.
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13th September 2002

The 27th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Celebrates the Best in Show Jumping
Rain Doesn’t Deter Hampton Classic Fans
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — September 12, 2002 — The 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show came to a close Sunday, September 1 following a week of world-class competition that saw show jumping’s best overcome record rainfalls on their way to dazzling performances.
From August 25 through September 1, the sport’s biggest names gathered in Bridgehampton, NY, for one of the world’s premier show jumping competitions. Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL, made history as she became the first rider to win the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix three consecutive years. Despite muddy conditions from four days of on-again, off-again rain, Engle topped a five-horse jump-off and proved why she is one of the highest-ranked female riders in the world.
“This is such a special event, the spectators are fantastic,” said Engle, 44, who claimed the winner’s share of $45,000 for the victory aboard Hidden Creek’s Perin, her Sydney Olympic mount. Engle had almost missed the Grand Prix after a serious fall in that morning’s Young Jumper class. But in typical fashion that has become one of her trademarks, she overcame the temporary setback and thrilled the Grand Prix crowd with a standout performance. “When I fell in the morning, my boot got caught in the stirrup and the horse dragged me across the ring,” she said. “Fortunately, I had enough time to get ready for the Grand Prix.”
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13th September 2002

Eventing - O'Flynn Leads Irish After First Day Dressage~
THREE-DAY EVENTING AFTER DAY ONE DRESSAGE TEST (Thursday September 12)
27) IRL JANE O'FLYNN;KILNADEEMA STAR, 30) IRL ERIC SMILEY; MACLOUD, 31) IRL SUSAN SHORTT; JUST BEAUTY QUEEN, 34) IRL VINA BULLER; GLENCARA Points after Dressage 63.20
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13th September 2002
Florac - France
FEI Emirates Endurance Worldwide Rankings Ride - September 07th 2002
Florac
A Ride report by Franz Brueck
One of the most difficult and oldest european endurance rides: the 160 km Florac in France.
Held on September 7th, the ride this year was also the French championships 2002. 109 starters of 5 different nations crossed the start-line 4 a.m. to do the first loop to "La Béssède", 46 km in the darkness. It was amazing to see this 109 riders along a light-line in the mountains of the "Parque National des Haute Cevennes". The fastest speed of the first loop (Phillipe Thomas) was 15,5 km/h, a little bit more than in 2001.
The second loop (43 km) crossed the "Mont Aigeual", 1.578 m altitude, than straight down to "Meryueis" to the second Vet gate at "Aven Armand". The track was very stony, the speed high and therefore some of the leading riders fall out. Claire Lux on Datila, AR, left this gate in the first group, Cecille Miletto on Falène de la Drome, SF, owner H.H. Sh. Mohammed al Maktoum, and Cecille Démière on Menkhan, AR, in the sec. group.
Crossing over the "Cause Mejean" 37 km, the competitors arrived in "Ispargnac", a small village in the valley "Gorges du Tarn".
Only 22 km, Cecille Démierre left at first place for the third loop, 1 minute after Cecille Miletto and two minutes after Claire Lux. All three riders arrived together at the last Vet gate and passed without any problems.
Only 8 km to run to the finish in Florac, and Demièrre left, once more, as first for the finish, short time later, Miletto and Lux.
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13th September 2002

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-B MOORSELE BELGIUM 13-15 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSI-A PINEROLO ITALY 13-15 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSI-C ST AMAND MONTROND FRANCE 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2002, CDI*** SAUMUR FRANCE 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2002, FEI WORLD BREEDING CHAMPIONSHIPS LANAKEN BELGIUM 26-29 SEPTEMBER 2002 ­ 5, CSI-A HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW ENGLAND 9-13 OCTOBER 2002
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12th September 2002

Nikki Tate’s Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Canadian Author Travels Loneliest Road In America
Canadian children’s author Nikki Tate started off the first full week of her Pony Express Adventure by travelling along Nevada’s Hwy. 50, known as the “The Loneliest Road in America,” which runs approximately parallel to the historical Pony Express Trail. Along the way she visited students in the small communities of Eureka and Austin, both mining communities.
For Nikki’s presentation in Eureka, the entire elementary school population of 109 students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 6 gathered to see her trot up to the school in her Pony Express uniform, with the mochila (mail bags) filled with her books and other interesting objects. The incisive questions from even the youngest students demonstrated the wide appeal of Nikki’s latest book, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers), which is based on the Pony Express. Many of the questions were also directed to Nikki’s 15-year-old daughter, Dani, who is an accomplished writer in her own right.
Taking advantage of one of the less busy days in her 15-day tour, Nikki and her support crew had the good fortune to meet local historian and arts enthusiast Wally Cucchine, who gave them a personal tour of the town’s Opera House, Courtroom and Museum.
Nikki’s visit to Austin also took in the entire elementary school – 25 students - where she brought to life the historical events that occurred very close to their community.
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12th September 2002

O'Connor Leading Irish Rider In World Jumping Rankings
Cian O'Connor from Co. Kildare is, for the first time, the top-ranked Irish rider in the latest FEI/Gandini World Jumping Rankings, ahead of Peter Charles by just one place. O'Connor is now ranked No. 35 in the world (formerly No. 50) and Charles is No. 36 (formerly No. 41). Dermott Lennon is ranked No.38 (formerly No.40) and the next highest-placed Irish rider is Jessica Kurten at No. 56 (formerly No.45), while Kevin Babington is at No. 74 (formerly No.84).
Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa still hold the World No.1 and 2 spots, respectively.
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12th September 2002
Great start for U.S. at World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 11, 2002–Dressage rider Sue Blinks of Wellington, FL got the United States Equestrian Team (USET) off to a great start at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Wednesday morning.Blinks, riding Flim Flam owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation, received an impressive score of 72.03% to take an early lead in the competition.
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12th September 2002
NEWC Secretary receives Blue Cross award
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award 2002, sponsored by The Blue Cross, has been presented to Elaine Cannon, Executive Secretary of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC).
The Award, which was introduced by BEVA in conjunction with The Blue Cross animal welfare charity two years ago, is a formal recognition of significant contributions made by veterinary surgeons and others to equine welfare.
It will be presented to Mrs Cannon at the Opening Ceremony of the BEVA Annual Congress on Thursday 12 September 2002 by the President of BEVA Professor Sandy Love BVMS PhD MRCVS and The Blue Cross President Dr Alastair Porter CBE.
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12th September 2002

Kurten Withdraws From Irish Show Jumping Team At WEG
It was confirmed this afternoon (Wednesday) that Irish rider Jessica Kurten has withdrawn from the Irish show jumping squad at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, due to an injury sustained by her horse Paavo N while returning from Spruce Meadows, Canada, where Jessica was jumping at the weekend. The Irish team now comprises Peter Charles, Dermott Lennon, Cian O'Connor and Kevin Babington.
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12th September 2002
USA Equestrian
Morgan, Wetzel And Whaley Triumphant At Driving Championships
Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC, Tracey Morgan of Beallesville, MD, and Katie Whaley of Southern Pines, NC, were victorious in their respective divisions at the USA National Combined Driving Pony Championships, held at The Laurels at Landhope CAI-B in West Grove, PA, September 6-8.
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12th September 2002

U.S. in Second Halfway Through Team Dressage at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 11, 2002 – At the conclusion of the first day of the Grand Prix Dressage Team competition on Wednesday, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) stands in second place at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
In one of the most exciting days in U.S. dressage history, the U.S. squad received an extraordinary combined score of 3672, finishing just slightly behind the heavily-favored German team who currently leads with a score of 3707. The hometown team of Spain stands third with a combined score of 3575.

Individually, U.S. rider, Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID, on Brentina owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas, stands second with a score of 74.640% to Nadine Cappelman of Germany and Farbehfroh’s leading score of 77.960%. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Beauval had the crowd on its feet scoring 74.560% which leaves them in third. Please click here for further details
12th September 2002
Condios Selected by German Federation to Compete in World Breeding Championships
Condios, the 7-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by Morningside Stud, has been selected by the German Federation to represent Germany at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium on 26 - 29 September. This is the third year that Condios has been selected to represent Germany, and the second year that Morningside Stud has accepted the invitation.
Condios (Coriano x Landgraf I) is a Grade A International Showjumper ridden by Danish rider Henrik Steen Gundersen. This year Condios has won 1.50, 1.40, and 1.30 metre classes in Germany and/or Denmark, and placed in the one Grand Prix he jumped, in Germany. In 2001, Condios was a Finalist in the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf.
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12th September 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Planning Meeting Available Via Live Audio Webcast
A conference call scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, between the USA Equestrian Planning Committee, International High Performance Committee, NGB Advisory Committee and the executive directors of USA Equestrian affiliated associations, will be available via live audio webcast.
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12th September 2002

Truesdale 19th After First Day Dressage At WEG
Ireland's Yvette Truesdale is lying 19th after the first day (Wednesday) of the Grand Prix Dressage at Jerez. Riding <Accolade> she scored 64.320 per cent. Ireland's Heike Holstein is placed 26th, with a score of 62.840 per cent, riding <Welt Adel>
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12th September 2002

US Stands Sixth in Team Vaulting After Day One at World Equestrian Games
Jerez de Frontera, Spain – September, 11, 2002 – Vaulting competition began on Wednesday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. After the first round of compulsories, the U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark, CA, stands in sixth with a score of 6.668.
The German team is currently in the lead with a score of 7.437, Switzerland is in second scoring 7.339 and the team from Sweden is in third with a score of 7.073.
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12th September 2002

All Irish Eventing Horses Pass Veterinary At WEG
All the Irish team horses appearing at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, passed their veterinary examination today (Wednesday). The Irish team has been confirmed
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12th September 2002
FEI Emirates Endurance Worldwide Rankings
Riders Standings per August 31st 2002
Top 100 riders
A Report by Worldwide Rankings Data Office
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12th September 2002
USA Equestrian
Current Report Of Federation Activities Available On Web
The President's Ongoing Report of Activities for August/September is now accessible by visiting USA Equestrian's web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the Equestrian Governance button.
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11th September 2002
Wild Week in Québec, viewed from the saddle
July 30, 2002
By Sandra Eckstein
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
offered by: Hidden Trails www.hiddentrails.com/canada/pq.htm
Even the horse spoke French, or at least understood French commands, on our six-day around the Gaspe Peninsula last fall.
This was the second weeklong horseback trip my husband and I have taken. Two years earlier, we headed into the Rock Mountains of Colorado for six days, camping out each night. Sinking into a warm bed after a hot shower every night seemed an appealing alternative, so this time we chose an inn-to-inn ride.
The rural peninsula area was just as wild and beautiful as the Rockies, if not as high. And it was fun being immersed in the French Canadian culture, even if our horses often exhibited a better command of the language than we did (Not everyone in French Québec can, or will, speak English.)
Though we ride fairly regularly, it was the most intense horseback trip we’ve ever experienced. With more than 100 miles to cover in five days, we spent more hours in the saddle every day, with frequently changing tempos and terrain, than riders usually experience even on long rides.
Along with the riding, we enjoyed charming country inns, beautiful scenery, sore muscles, good food and friendly people.
We assembled on the last Sunday in August and finished on the first Saturday in September. Here’s how our adventure went:

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11th September 2002

The Fourth World Equestrian Games Officially Begin In Jerez De Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–August, 10, 2002–The 2002 World Equestrian Games, the fourth ever held, officially began on Tuesday with a spectacular opening ceremony that included a special message from HRH La Infanta Dona Pilar, the President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and HRH King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who declared the Games open. Over fifty nations are expected to compete in the WEG, which hosts World Championships in seven disciplines of equestrian sport.
The US athletes from all seven disciplines – dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting – were well represented in the Parade of Nations, entering the arena just before the home country of Spain.
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11th September 2002

2002 IHSA National Champions Devasted By Fire
On September 6, 2002, the Ohio University Equestrian Team (OUET), 2002 Miller's Cup Team Champions, lost a barn, an arena, a tack room, a trailer, all of their tack and one horse to a fire that ripped through Stonegate Farm in Belpre, Ohio.
Of the seven horses stabled in Coach Karen Hiehle's barn, all but one survived. One horse has been shipped to Ohio State to receive treatment for severe burns and the other five are being monitored and treated for cuts and burns.
Because the OUET is a Club Sport, they receive no University funding. The OUET is funded solely by its members through fundraising and dues. The Team will receive no University funding to help them rebuild their facility, purchase new tack or replace the lost horse. The OUET is currently in a financially perilous position. In addition to the loss of the barn and its contents, all supplies for the October 12 & 13 IHSA horse show were destroyed. At this time, any tack, grooming products, first aide supplies or monetary donations would be greatly appreciated.
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11th September 2002
APHA

$60,000 in incentive money to be awarded this year
American Paint Horse Association awards $20,000 in first Gelding Plus payout for 2002

FORT WORTH--The first $20,000 of a total $60,000 in Gelding Plus incentives for 2002 was paid out by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) at the Southern Belle Invitation, held recently in Tunica, Miss. Two horses, Slick Sensation and Rugged Zipper, each earned $10,000 for their owners in the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned competition.
Slick Sensation earned $10,000 for his owners, Frank and Sandra Vaughn of Marine On Saint Croix, Minn., as the highest-advancing Paint Horse in both the 3-year-old open and the non-pro hunter under saddle competitions. In addition to being the highest-placing Paint in the classes, the gelding won the non-pro class overall, with the Vaughn's daughter Melanie exhibiting. Julie Suggs of Tomball, Texas, rode the horse in the open class.
Rugged Zipper's owner, Sara Zell of Casstown, Ohio, picked up $10,000, when her horse became the highest-advancing Paint in the 3-year-old open Western pleasure and 3-year-old non-pro Western pleasure classes. Zell rode the horse in non-pro competition, while Jon Barry of Advance, Mo., rode him in the open class.
The payouts were part of APHA's innovative Gelding Plus incentive. Open to both Regular and Breeding Stock Registry horses, the program gives Paint gelding owners and breeders added opportunities to earn cash and increase the market value of their horses. APHA paid out $60,000 in prize money last year at select events and has earmarked another $60,000 for top-placing geldings at designated futurities around the country this year.
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11th September 2002

EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION OF IRELAND - World Equestrian Games Information
WEG Documentary - Schedule Change
The 30 minute WEG documentary commissioned by the EFI and made by Ergo Films, will now be screened by RTE2 at 11.30 p.m. on Sunday September 15, and not 11.10 p.m., as previously scheduled. The programmed, entitled <World Equestrian Games - Jerez and Beyond> features interviews with members of Team Ireland in the weeks leading up to their departure for Jerez.
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10th September 2002
USDF Region 6 Raffle presents
Pile of Russells ~ Georgia Gerber
From her Studio/Foundry on Whidbey Island, in the middle of Washington's Puget Sound, sculptor and dressage rider Georgia Gerber donates one of her delightful life size bronzes: "Pile of Russells". Inspired by a litter of Jack Russells inhabiting the Whidbey Equestrian Center, the sculpture is alive with the youthful charm of this breed that has become so popular among riders everywhere.
Proceeds from the Raffle will benefit the USDF Region 6 Championship effort. The sculpture will be on view at the ABIC/USDF Region 6 Championships (Sept. 27-29) and the USDF Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon (Dec. 11-15). Raffle tickets are $1.00 each and may be purchased wherever the sculpture is displayed, or by using the form below. The winning ticket will be drawn at the USDF Annual Convention.
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10th September 2002

Tish with the Lite-Lift fork

Lite-Lift Set To Revolutionise The Equestrian World!
Lite-Lift is a revolutionary new shavings fork specifically designed to dramatically reduce the strain of mucking out horse stables and yards.
The invention of horsewoman and animal sanctuary owner, Tish Fearn, the Lite-Lift is manufactured from polypropylene and aluminium and is extremely tough and durable, yet is so light it can be balanced on just one finger! It incorporates a fully adjustable handle making it suitable for both short and tall individuals and can be adapted to the user's own personal requirements.

"Being born without a left hand, I found the task of mucking out particularly arduous and when I started to suffer from debilitating tendonitis I knew I had to take action," explains Tish.
Developed in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, Tish and her team began using the prototype Lite-Lift in numerous field trails and were amazed with the results. Mucking out took half the time and Tish's tendonitis showed signs of improvement within a few weeks.
"Mucking out is a back breaking task at the best of times and traditional shavings forks are very heavy and cumbersome which only adds to the strain on backs, necks and arms. I would urge people to try the Lite-Lift and experience for themselves the huge difference it can make," concludes Tish.
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10th September 2002
U.S. Wins Bank of Montreal Nations’ Cup at Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO****
Gladstone, NJ—September 9, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) show jumping squad won the Bank of Montreal Nations’ Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters Horse Show in Calgary, Canada on Saturday, September 7.
The U.S. defeated a star-studded field of six teams featuring world-class horses and riders. The U.S. squad, selected based on results in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) selection trials, consisted of Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, on Casanova, owned by Mr.& Mrs. Bertram Firestone; Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, on Anthem, owned by Summit Syndicate; Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL, on Hidden Creek’s Perin, owned by Hidden Creek Farm; and Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL, on Ilian, owned by South Beach Stables.
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10th September 2002
USA Equestrian
U.S. Triumphant In Nations Cup
The United States Jumping Team won the 2002 $225,000 BMO Financial Group Nations' Cup held Saturday, September 7, 2002 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The U.S. Team, made up of Alison Firestone riding Casanova (Cortez x Alpenkicka), Schuyler Riley riding Ilian, Laura Kraut riding Anthem and Margie Goldstein-Engle riding Hidden Creek's Perin, finished the two rounds of the Nations' Cup Competition with 20 combined faults and a combined time of 503.96 seconds, handily defeating the second place German team who ended with 32 faults and a time of 518.09. Firestone and Goldstein-Engle lead their team with faultless rides in the second round of competition.
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10th September 2002

USET Names Eventing Team and Individuals For World Equestrian Games
Gladstone, NJ—September 9, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the horse-and-rider combinations that will compete as the Eventing Team and as individuals for the United States at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez, Spain, September 11-22.
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9th September 2002
The Wild Horses of Abaco
Sometime in the last five hundred years a group of Spanish horses made their way to Abaco Island in the Bahamas. It's not certain whether the horses were from a shipwreck or descendents of logging horses brought in from Cuba to work in the vast forests of long leaf pine abundant on the island. Several decades ago these creatures, most closely related to the Paso Fino of Spain numbered in the hundreds. Today there are sixteen horses living on a citrus farm that sadly, is their demise. If the present situation doesn't change in the very near future, the horses will surely expire and yet one more species will become extinct.
While records are sketchy on the history of this unique herd, there do seem to be some hard facts. As roads were cut through the island, access to the forest and the horses became readily available. Residents recall as recent as twenty-five years ago seeing groups of twenty-five and fifty scattered throughout the forests and beaches not far from Treasure Cay. Some remember seeing hundreds of horses and some even more. One black stallion left a strong impression on many. In the mid 70's a number of these well-bred animals were actually domesticated and used as riding horses. Then a tragedy took place. A young Bahamian girl's foot was caught in the stirrup and she was dragged to death. The reaction was swift and brutal. Within the next year the herd mysteriously dwindled to three horses. Carcasses and bones were littered throughout the forest. Yet no one seems to know or admit to exactly what took place.
9th September 2002

Connors Snatches Kerrygold Grand Prix League Final
WATERFORD'S FRANCIS Connors is the outright winner of the 2002 Kerrygold Grand Prix League, racking up enough points from a Second Place at Rolestown, Co. Dublin today (Sunday) to overtake long-time league leader Conor Swail from Co. Down, and win the overall prize of 6,700 Euro.
Though Swail built up a healthy lead from early in the season, and seemed almost unassailable in his bid for the title by mid-summer, steady successes from Francis Connors in the dying months of the League rocketed him up the leaderboard until just six points separated him from Conor Swail's impressive tally of 105 after Iverk's Grand Prix on Thursday.
Today at Rolestown, however, Connors piloted <Who's Business As Usual> into Second Place, gaining eight points and a total League score of 107. He therefore beats Conor Swail by just two points.
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9th September 2002

Quirk Is New Horseware National Dressage Champion Of Ireland
Niall Quirk, riding <Alucolor Atlanta> at Cavan Equestrian Centre today (Sunday), became the first man to win the National Dressage Championship title since John Little in 1989. Every national champion in the intervening years has been female.Speaking afterwards, Quirk said: << I am of course extremely pleased with today's win, especially following my international debut at Hickstead last month.>>
He says that he intends to compete in Germany next year, following his championship win at Cavan today.
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9th September 2002

Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Vicenza 6-8 September 2002
Class N.3 Premio Askoll Holding, 1.35 Table A with Jump-Off
1) Harry Marshall (IRL) Pakko, 2) Natale Chiaudani (ITA) Dedale III, 3) Arnaldo Bologni (ITA) Gandini Alcazar d'Elle
Class N.10 Premio Comune di Vicenza, 1.40 Table A Against the Clock
1) Harry Marshall (IRL) Pakko, 2) Joelle Cairaschi Dagut (FRA) Quercus du Maury, 3) Daniel Meech (NZL) Diagonal -
Class N.13 - Premio Vimet Precious Metals Vicenza, 1.35 Two Phases
1) Harry Marshall (IRL) Pakko, 2) Natale Chiaudani (ITA) Landgraaf, 3) Stefano Nogara (ITA) Cador -
Class N.15 - Premio Jolly Hotels Gran Premio Due manches (GRAND PRIX)
1) Filippo Moyersoen (ITA) Flyinge Garibaldi, 2) Alessia Marioni (ITA) Peter Pan, 3) Harry Marshall (IRL) Splendido
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8th September 2002
Dog Daze Joins Horse Maze At Hampton Classic
By Diana De Rosa
Luitpold Shows it's Appreciation to the Dogs & Horses at 27th Hampton Classic

Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., through its products Adequan® Canine and Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), were part of the 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, held August 25-September 1, 2002 in Bridgehampton, NY. The dogs and their handlers and the horses and their owners, riders and trainers benefited from a potpourri of sponsorships including the first ever dog agility competition, a Riders Tent with free internet access and the chance to network with two of Hawaii's finest veterinarians.
Adequan® Canine sponsors the "Little Classic" - A Dog Agility Competition
The Hampton Classic's Grand Prix Arena was a daze of dogs on September 25 for Opening Day. In its second year of involvement, the Animal Health Division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. sponsored the first ever Dog Agility Competition. The Adequan® Canine "Little Classic" brought together all levels of dogs. The cheering of the crowd, the smiles on the faces of handlers and the excitement demonstrated by the dogs made it obvious that this new addition to the Hampton Classic would be around for a long time.
The dogs wore bandanas displaying the words Adequan® Canine, courtesy of Luitpold, as they maneuvered through tunnels, over miniature jumps, on balance beams and more. Scores were kept, winners noted and handlers thankful for the chance to compete and train their dogs in such a perfect competition setting.
Why dogs at the Hampton Classic? Go to any horse show and you'll see dogs everywhere. Horse people love dogs; and so do the makers of Adequan. Not only does Luitpold have Adequan i.m. for horses but it manufactures Adequan® Canine (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), one of their premier products, for dogs. What better way to demonstrate that than in a dog agility competition.
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8th September 2002

Nikki Tate’s Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Ely, NV Welcomes Canadian Children's Author With Enthusiasm
Ely, NV - - It was a whirlwind day in Ely, NV Friday for Nikki Tate as she launched her Pony Express tour in conjunction with her tenth children’s novel, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers) which is set around the historic Pony Express.
"I’m overwhelmed," Nikki said in wonderment after an afternoon of talking to a steady stream of children, local business people, cowboys and ranchers who lined up to have her sign her books. A lot of interest in the event had been generated by local cultural maven Margaret Bath who organized Nikki’s appearance at her Economy Drugs and Soda Fountain in the heart of the town. Complete with pony and full Pony Express regalia, Nikki was the center of attention, first in the parking lot, and then, forced inside by a very rare rainfall (the first in the area in two years) at the store’s soda fountain.
Earlier in the day Nikki delighted students at McGill Elementary School and David E. Norman School as she rode up her small gray Arab mare who seemed to enjoy her Pony Express role. It was a rare treat for the children of the remote Nevada area to have the opportunity to talk to an author who writes about many of the local geographic locations familiar to them.
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