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26th
October 2002
Equine Students Bid To Win Prestigous Award
Now in its fourth year, the Royal Agricultural Society of England initiated award, The Eqvalan Thesis of the Year Award is designed to reward academic excellence within colleges offering equine degree courses. Fifteen top institutions put forward their best equine student to be considered.
The award's five finalists will give a fifteen-minute presentation to a panel of eminent equine industry judges at the British Equine Event and undergo an in-depth question and answer session. This year's Eqvalan thesis winner will be presented with their prize at a private ceremony during the weekend.
The Eqvalan final will be take place independently from the main events at this year's twelfth British Equine Event, which itself features a packed two-day demonstration programme. Top equestrians such as Conrad Schumacher, Vere & Clea Phillipps and Andy Austin will be giving informative lecture-demos on how to get the best out of your horse. Top vets and farriers including the BBC TV's Vet's in Practice star Sally Kingsley will also be on hand to give advice and tips on equine health and nutrition, and with over 300 specialist trade stands, horse-mad Christmas shoppers can get totally carried away!
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26th
October 2002
HorseMates! - A National database to improve the quality of life for all horses and ponies (www.horsemates.com)
HorseMates! Has been formed in order to create a National database of horse and pony details, primarily to help stop abuse of horses and ponies by unscrupulous individuals, but also to allow people to find out what happened to horses and ponies that have moved on to pastures new.
There have been many stories of horses or ponies being sold to people because they look as though they would be suited to a particular task, when in truth there are medical or psychological reasons why the animal can not perform the task. A friend of ours purchased a young, healthy looking thoroughbred horse from a respectable individual, with a view to doing a little jumping when the horse and rider became better acquainted. After only a little light exercise, the poor horse was really showing signs of distress. The vet was called and upon further investigation the horse was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and a much shortened life expectancy. Our friend decided to keep the horse as a companion for their old pony, however, not all horses or ponies are that lucky! You could say that our friend should have used a vet before the purchase, but people don't always do the right thing when they are buying a horse or pony, especially if the seller seems to be a genuine person.
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26th
October 2002

To Report or Not to Report. Is that the Question?
By: Kimball Lewis. One of North America's foremost experts on Equine neglect and abuse issues.
Overview:
The relationship between Veterinarian and "Patient" is unique in more ways than one might think. Recognizing that we are looking at this relationship as it pertains to the reporting and/or investigation of alleged neglect and abuse, there are some key elements to consider.
When we look at human victims of rape, assault, neglect or other forms of abuse there are, more often than not, people who can give first or second hand accounts of the events leading up to or surrounding the act. Whereas in the case of animal abuse or neglect, unless someone has witnessed the act and reports it to the authorities, the victim can never verbalize what actually transpired. More often than not this means that unless the owner of the animal or a witness reports the crime, it will never be discovered. No starving horse, no abused dog, no tortured cat has ever picked up the phone and asked for help. There must be, in each and every case, a person who steps forward to advocate for the animal. And since owners are often the ones inflicting the neglect or abuse and witnesses only observe a fraction of the actual cases this places the Veterinarian in a very unique posture. The Veterinarian might well be the only hope, the last line of defense for a creature that cannot speak for itself.
Law Enforcement Agencies and Physicians have struggled with the issue of Doctor -Patient confidentiality on such issues as rape, incest, child neglect and family matters for decades. Only during recent times have roles and responsibilities become more clearly defined. Still, there remains broad latitude and interpretation of reporting laws from state to state and between the US and Canada.
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26th
October 2002
Darren Chiacchia Takes Eventing Lead After Dressage at Fair Hill International
Fred Merriam Leads USA National Single Horse Driving Championship
FAIR HILL, MD—October 25, 2002—Darren Chicchia of Springville, NY moved into the lead of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing Championship ollowing the completion of the dressage phase at the Fair Hill International.
In the USA National Single Horse Driving Championship, Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, individual Bronze Medalist at the 2002 World Singles Driving Championship, completed the dressage phase in first place.
Chiacchia moved ahead of Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA when he received a dressage score of 36.80 penalties on Windfall, a 10-year-old, black stallion owned by Dr. Timothy Holekamp. O’Connor, who led after Thursday’s opening round, now stands second with his score of 37.01 penalties on his Olympic Gold Medal mount, Custom Made, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius LLC. O’Connor also stands third on Texas Pride, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Claud Schoch of Bethesda, MD, with a score of 40.20.
“This is my second year together with Windfall and things are going very well,” said Chiacchia. “The first year with a horse is often a case of getting to know each other and we’ve gotten to the point where we have a real cooperation out on the course. This, of course, is doubly important when you’re dealing with a stallion.”
O’Connor has announced that this year’s Fair Hill International is Custom Made’s final competition and O’Connor is hoping that he can repeat the dramatic farewell appearance of one of his earlier successful mounts, Wilton Fair, whom O’Connor rode to the Fair Hill Championship in the horse’s final appearance in 1993.
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26th
October 2002
Hippus Bits

The Hippus bit was originally designed by Leith Ryan, an equine dentist, to provide a kinder bit for horses. Leith undertook some extensive research with Dr. Deb Bennet Ph.D., a world renowned expert in horse conformation, to enable him to design a bit with the ideal shape and action for the horse.

The Hippus bits are a major step forward in horse care. The design is radically different to any other bits available, and the concept is based upon placing the horse first and then the rider gaining the benefits. There is no pinch, no pain, no constant tongue and palate pressure; it allows the horse more freedom to balance itself, it aids better respiration and generally improves the quality of life for your horse.
Leith began manufacturing and offering these bits to his customers in Switzerland. The kind action of these bits allowed them to be used on horses with tender mouths or after extensive dental work.
Soon after vets in Germany, Switzerland and France began to recommend the bits to customers as therapeutic bits for their horses.
The kind action of the bits had the by-product of horses being prepared to offer more as they were feeling more comfortable when ridden or driven.
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26th
October 2002

All Breeds Equine Emporium
“The equine industry has grown so dramatically over the years,” says Can-Am Equine Marketing Inc. President Paul Maguire, “that it boasts over 300,000 horses of various diciplines at over 50,000 farms in Ontario. One of the biggest problems now facing the industry is that most horse hobby farmers don’t have animal husbandry background and are striving to get information on current equine issues.”
Equine enthusiasts will gain access to all the information they require - and more - by attending Can-Am’s All Breeds Equine Emporium at London’s Western Fair Raceway running March 13 through 16, 2003. Over the four days there will be 260 presentations, with 90 guest speakers from across North America covering topics ranging from West Nile Virus, EPM, worming practices, nutrition and so on. Attendees can take part in round table discussions, seminars, video viewings, as well as a Cocktail Reception on opening night and a Night at the Races on Friday. There will also be a Celebrity dinner on Saturday night to be held at the Hilton Hotel. Proceeds will aid the Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario.

Headlining this event is noted author, speaker, horseman and creator of Relationship TrainingTM GaWaNi Pony Boy. Pony, of Cherokee ancestry, is an authority on Native American HorsemanshipR and an innovative educator in Native American history.
Pony’s approach to horse training is grounded in the “old ways” of the many elders of different tribal backgrounds he has consulted over the years. Native Americans lived within their environment, looking at things as they are, which included working within the nature of the horse rather than trying to make the horse conform to human standards.
“Because horses are both individuals and intelligent,” says Pony, “it is imperative that we teach them within their own intellectual boundaries.”
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26th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Offers $50 Rebate To Competitions
USA Equestrian recognized competitions can now earn a $50 rebate by submitting their competition results electronically, per an amendment to Article 1217.1, which states:
"Each USA Equestrian Recognized Competition must forward by mail with proof of delivery full results, postmarked within 10 calendar days of the competition, indicating the winners, a record of jumper money won, Hunter Increment Report (where applicable), the names of all horses, riders and owners and all corrections, changes and additions to the prize list. Alternatively, full results may be submitted electronically either via email or on disk to the USA Equestrian within 10 calendar days of the competition. Electronically submitted results must meet the criteria as published by USA Equestrian, in the Competition Calendar and the Competition Management section of the website, in order to be considered acceptable. For acceptable electronic results received, the Federation will provide a $50 discount for the following year's date application renewal..."
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26th
October 2002
David O’Connor Takes Eventing Lead On First Day at Fair Hill International
FAIR HILL, MD—October 24, 2002—Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA holds the lead half-way through the dressage phase of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing Championship at the Fair Hill International.
O’Connor took the lead in Thursday’s opening round when he received a score of 37.01 penalties on his Gold Medal mount, Custom Made, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius LLC. O’Connor has announced that this year’s Fair Hill International is Custom Made’s final competition and O’Connor is hoping that he can repeat the dramatic farewell appearance of one of his earlier successful mounts, Wilton Fair, whom O’Connor rode to the Fair Hill Championship in the horse’s final appearance in 1993.
“It would be great to have the same thing happen with Custom Made, but we’ve got a lot to do before that happens,” said O’Connor who won last year’s USET Fall Championship at Fair Hill on The Native. “We gave it a lot of thought before deciding to compete him here, but we thought it would be a real nice way to end his three-day career.”
Standing second is Vicki Baker of Rougemont, NC who scored 41.40 on Reggae Mon, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Baker Family. Baker rode third in the morning and took an early lead in the competition.
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26th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Membership Surpasses Record
USA Equestrian membership numbered 82,706 on October 21, exceeding the total of 2001 membership and breaking the previous record set in 2001. The total membership for 2001 was 80,760, up from 77,441 in 2000 and 74,156 in 1999.
USA Equestrian membership offers an array of benefits. All Life, Platinum, Senior and Junior members receive automatic insurance coverage of $1 million in personal excess liability insurance for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties and travel benefits are offered with Hertz, Choice Hotels and United Airlines. Amateur certification is offered free of charge to those who qualify and the definitive guide to equestrian sport, the USA Equestrian Rule Book is also a bonus to members
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26th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Aarhus Denmark 24 -27 October 2002
Klasse Vilhelmsborg, International Jumping Competition, Preliminary Competition for the World Cup
1) LORO PIANA HAVINIA; Gianni GOVONI(ITA), 2) CHAMPION DU LYS; Ludger BEERBAUM(GER), 3) L.B. POMPIDU; Beat MäNDLI(SUI)
Klasse York Stutteri, International Jumping Competition - Young Horses
1) VDL GROEP MISTIEK; Leopold VAN ASTEN (NED), 2) CAPITOL'S DREAM; Marco KUTSCHER (GER), 3) LASSERGUT JUMPING-JACK; Tjark NAGEL (GER)
Klasse Bundgaard Byg a/s, International Jumping Competition
1) NIKIAS; Johan PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), 2) BALABOESKA R; Jeroen DUBBELDAM (NED), 3) VERELST KRISIA; Marc VAN DIJCK (BEL) Please click here for further details
25th
October 2002

BEF Appoints Executive Officer
The BEF has developed a long-term strategy and progress is such that an Executive Officer is needed to drive further development. The Federation is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Huggett to this new role, which was created with the help of UK Sport who are funding it.

Helen Huggett will be taking on a number of roles including managing planning and reporting processes and implementing policies to improve standards of administration, consultation and communication within the Federation. She will provide direct support for a number of member bodies, support the BEF's commitment to the British Horse Industry Confederation and a variety of working groups. A number of new initiatives will be delivered by Helen including the volunteer programme and Owners' Foundation.
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25th
October 2002
The Crystal View Dental Inspection Kit
A brand new product that has just come on to the market is the Crystal View Dental Inspection kit for horses and ponies.
The Crystal View kit is a dental inspection kit that has been designed not only with the veterinarian and the dentist in mind, but also the horse and horse owner as well. It empowers the horse owner to make decisions about the well-being of their horse, by providing information that is not usually available to the owner.
Many horse owners have never seen inside the mouth of their horse. The Crystal View kit now provides you with the opportunity to understand more about one of the key areas of your horse. The Crystal View kit is also an invaluable teaching aid. The kit provides you with all the necessary tools and the detailed photographic information required for educating in the equine arena.
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25th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
US Show Jumping Riders Off To A Good Start In The European Indoor Circuit
Five riders representing the United States participated at the first European indoor show of the season at CSI-A Bremen (GER), October 3 - 6. Clare Bronfman fared the best on Lord William (Lord Caletto - Rocky, by Rousseau), her Westphalian gelding, placing second in the Der Joker competition and second in another class aboard her Selle Francais gelding, Enchante (Kessel II). In the team trophy class the US team finished 3rd behind Holland and Germany.
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25th
October 2002
New York State Draft Horse Club Holds Successful Fall Sale
CORTLAND, NY, Oct 21, 2002-The New York Draft Horse Club held its annual fall horse and equipment sale on Oct 3 and 4.
Many volunteers made the day go off without a hitch, said Richard Menkins, interim NYSDHC president.
There were 118 horses consigned at the sale. The top horse was a Belgian gelding consigned by Jim Emo of Canisteo, NY, sold for $2,700. This year's sale had a quality selection of tack. The sheet total for tack was $76,009.45. Commission from tack grossed $6440.91.
This year's numbers reflect the positive direction being taken by the NYSDHC within the past year. The popularity of the draft horse in North America is also a key in the success of the sale.
The club will hold its annual banquet on Nov 2 in Syracuse, NY.
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25th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
League Of Agricultural And Equine Centres To Hold Session During USA Equestrian Annual Meeting
A special session of the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers will be held during USA Equestrian's 86th Annual Meeting and 7th Sports Summit to be held January 15-19, 2003 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Kentucky. The special session will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2003, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The session is designed to inform the audience about the production and support of the event competitions facility and it will conclude with dialogue between conference delegates and representatives of horse parks.
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25th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
Proposed Rule Change Booklet Now Available
A printed booklet of the proposed rule changes to be considered by the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, to be held January 15-19, 2003, in Lexington, Kentucky, is available upon request by contacting Marie Murphy Director of Regulation Publications, in the Lexington office
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25th
October 2002
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A CAEN FRANCE 25-27 OCTOBER 2002, CSI-A HANNOVER GERMANY 1-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-A LIEGE BELGIUM 1-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSIP LIEGE BELGIUM 1-3 NOVEMBER 2002
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24th
October 2002

Equine Company Launches Fund Raising Initiative with a Difference!
Photo Pony and the ILPH have today launched an exciting new initiative to raise money for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) to help them continue their work to improve equine welfare across the world.
By ordering a unique present digitally printed with a high quality photo of their favourite horse or pony, or friends and family horse and pony lovers across the country will be able to help equines in need because £1 from every item purchased will be donated to the ILPH.
These can be printed on T-shirts, pillowcases, a beautiful wooden Jigsaw or even a wall clock!

All items are priced at a very reasonable £14.99 and will enable all horse lovers across the country to solve a few present dilemmas with these charming personalised gifts and help raise money for the ILPH at the same time!!
Richard Counsell, Managing Director of Photo Pony Uk said today that " The ILPH has been helping horses in distress for over 75 years. Photo Pony is committed to raising a significant sum of money with this Christmas appeal to help them continue the invaluable contribution to the welfare of these amazing animals." Purchases are returned in just 48 hours, which makes them ideal as a last minute present.
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24th
October 2002
Robinsons Continue To Operate As Usual
Mail Order service remains unaffected by Retail Store fire
Despite the huge fire which engulfed the Robinsons Store on September 19th, our award-winning Mail Order Service is continuing to operate as usual. Our Call Centre and main warehouse are actually located five miles away from where the Store used to be and at 74,000 square feet, we have ample facilities to enable us to take up to 3,000 orders each day! Even with the temporary loss of our Store, we are still the UK's largest equestrian provider with huge stock levels.
At 220-pages, our 2002/03 Annual Catalogue is our biggest ever and is jam-packed with some superb products for your horse, your home, your stable...and you! As well as all the old favourites, there are plenty of new innovative ideas, great new brands and of course the usual amazing prices.
Our Call Centre and Despatch Department are becoming increasingly busy in the run-up to Christmas. So, for your convenience our order lines will remain open until 8.30pm every weekday until 20th December 2002. Many of our existing Store customers are now buying their equestrian goods from us, though our Mail Order service and from the comments we've received so far, the majority are enjoying the experience of shopping from the comfort of their own home! Mail Order: 01744 885555
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24th
October 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Delegation Meets With The IOC
On 23 October 2002, an FEI delegation met with the IOC President Jacques Rogge and the IOC Sports Director Gilbert Felli and two members of the sports department to present FEI's counterproposal to respond to the Olympic Programme Commission's recommendation to exclude Eventing from the Olympic programme. The FEI delegation was composed of HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón (ESP), President, Freddy Serpieri (GRE), 1st Vice President, Wayne Roycroft (AUS), President of the Eventing Committee, Dr Bo Helander, Secretary General and Catrin Norinder, Manager of the Eventing & Olympic Department. The meeting was held in a very open and constructive atmosphere.
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24th
October 2002

Galway Downs CCI* and CCI** National Championships
Some of the best horses and riders in the United States and Canada will be converging on Temecula, California for the Galway Downs Three Day Event, November 1 - 3. Galway Downs is becoming a national player on the Three Day Eventing scene. Event Organizer Robert Kellerhouse is committed to producing high quality events. "We have the only CCI** and CCI* on the West Coast, and we are trying to create a place for all levels of eventing riders."
Both Jaguar and the Riverside Press Enterprise are title sponsors of this years event. Both the CCI** and the CCI* are USA Equestrian National Championship events. In addition, young riders in the CCI** are competing for the Fritz Cup presented to the National Young Rider Champion. A Junior Olympic title will be awarded to the highest placed junior in the CCI**.
With fifty plus entries in the CCI* and almost forty in the CCI** spectators are assured keen competition. Over the course of the event, $12,000 in prize money will be awarded. In addition to horses and riders from throughout the western United States, a handful of riders are making the trek from various Canadian provinces, thus creating an international flair.
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24th
October 2002
Proven Competitior, Proven Clinician - Clay Webster Performance Horses Clinic Line-up
We have many new and exciting events to share with you! The following clinics and demonstrations conducted by Clay Webster throughout 2002 and 2003 are for all horse enthusiasts looking to better, or progress their relationship with horses.
Let a Proven Competitor and a Proven Clinician help you open the door to a positive relationship with your horse. Using a reining foundation, Clay will be coaching all horse enthusiasts - pleasure or performance - to better/progressive relationships with their mounts. Key horsemanship theories covered will include everything from building confidence and foundations (horse and rider), ground manners, training/starting the young horse, maintaining collection, willing participation of the horse, show stopping slides, lead changes, perfecting the spin, mental preparation to health and maintenance, plus much, much more!
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24th
October 2002

Official Judges list from Madrid now available
Spanish Horse Judges Association
The Spanish Horse Judges Association was created to unite all the Official Judges qualified by the 'Jefatura de Cría Caballar of Spain', which is the governing authority of the breed and the Stud-Book Registry, in order to manage the interest of its members and to promote the knowledge and study of the Pure Bred Spanish Horse. Our aim is the continuing development of highly specialised Judges for the Breed Shows, ensuring the true to type Spanish Horse in conformation and movement.
We regularly conduct training and refresher courses, conferences and talks, and all sorts of instructive events to support Morfological Breed Shows and Spanish Horses We encourage the knowledge and development of all areas within the Breed Shows and the Pure Bred Spanish Horse.
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24th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
Another Successful U.S. Arabian Nationals Concludes In Louiseville
Over 2,000 horses battled for cash and prizes at the 36th Annual U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show held October 11-19, in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 20 officials were needed for a full slate of classes that demonstrated the versatility of the Arabian Horse including dressage, hunter, jumper, working cow horse, cutting, reining and trail as well as the customary performance classes.
One of the exceptional classes of the show was the Arabian Park class that named Apollopalooza as the unanimous champion with Carmelle Rooker of Fenton, Michigan, in the irons for Esprit Arabians. The unanimous reserve champion was Aequus+//, with Bill Rodgers of Streetsboro, Ohio, for owners Circle G Stables. The Varian owned three-year-old, Khantina Girl, ridden by Bill Porcher, a 2001 USA Equestrian of Honor, of Santa Ynez, California, defeated 43 others to win the $30,000 Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity.
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23rd
October 2002
Under Starter's Orders
- Sotheby's To Hold First Sale At Their Olympia Saleroom Devoted To Horse Racing & Country Pursuits
ONE OF the most famous images of the North East of England will be offered for the first time at auction in the Sporting Sale - a sale devoted to horseracing and country pursuits - on Wednesday, November 6, 2002 at Sotheby's, Olympia, London.
Painted in 1903 by William C Irving (1866-1943), this spectacular oil painting was inspired by the song Blaydon Races - now considered as the Tyneside national anthem and is estimated to fetch £40,000-60,000. It depicts various locals and eccentrics in a carnival atmosphere, with a horse race in the background and when it was exhibited in the window of an art dealer's shop in Newcastle, it attracted the attentions of such a large crowd that the police asked the manager to draw the blinds!
The fame of Blaydon Races, which was held on a circular course on Kings' Meadow island in the middle of the River Tyne, rests chiefly on the song written by Geordie Ridley - a Tyneside music hall singer. The race was an old fixture, but not recorded in the racing calendar, until 1864. In 1862 - the year of the song - the race was called off when a heavy storm made it impossible for the horses to get to the racecourse. The last Blaydon Race was held on the September 2, 1916, during World War One and was abandoned when a riot broke out following the disqualification of a winning horse.
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23rd
October 2002
Skelton Returns To Olympia
Nick Skelton and Arko continued their meteoric rise by landing the top spot in the recent Olympia Qualifier at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre (18th – 20th October 2002).
The Olympia Qualifier gives three riders a chance to qualify to compete for the week at the 31st running of the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (19th-23rd December), one of Europe’s most popular show jumping shows. Keith Shore on It’s Magic Max and Ellen Whitaker on Kanselier took the other two golden tickets.
The trio, who can each bring two horses plus a Puissance horse, will join the ten automatic British Qualifiers and the international entries to compete for the staggering £234,000 prize fund.
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23rd
October 2002
Valerie Kanavy Wins USET Endurance 100-Mile Championship
Gladstone, New Jersey—October 22, 2002—Two-time World Endurance Champion Valerie Kanavy, who has previously won the USET Endurance 50-Mile and 75-Mile Championships, won the first USET Endurance 100-Mile Championship held October 19 at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD.
Kanavy, of Fort Valley, VA, rode Bells Snitzel to a ride time of 11 hours and 29 minutes to top a field of 18 starters. Placing second was USET veteran three-day event rider and combined driver Lana Wright of Warwick, MD, who finished in 12 hours, 6 minutes and 20 seconds on the former Delaware Park racehorse, Nathan’s Pride. Third place went to 2001 Pan American Games team Gold Medalist Meg Sleeper who finished in 12 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds on Syrocco Blair.Please click here for further details
23rd
October 2002
USA Equestrian
O'Connor Wins USA National Two Star Eventing Championship
David O'Connor, riding the 6-year-old gelding, Nicki Henley, beat out Kim Severson Vinoski and Oliver Edgecombe to win the Combined Training Trophy for the USA National Two-Star Eventing Championship held at the Radnor Hunt International Three-Day Event in Malvern, Pennsylvania, October 10-13.
As Nicki Henley's owner, Mara de Puy's Willow Bend Farm won the Jonathan R. Burton Trophy for the USA National Young Horse Eventing Championship.
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23rd
October 2002
USA Equestrian
Kriss And Blackwell Victorious At Mid-South Three-Day Event
Jocelyn Kriss, riding Mystical Illusion, claimed the Harry T. Peters Trophy for the USA National Junior Eventing Championship, held at the Mid-South Three-Day Event and Team Challenge in Lexington, Kentucky, October 17-20. Because this championship was also designated a USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian Event, medals were presented at a special ceremony following the junior division. Ralph Holstein riding Arctic Dancer won the Silver medal and Elizabeth Klein riding One Look won the Bronze.
Lola Blackwell, riding Harrison, claimed the Alexander Mackay-Smith Trophy for the USA National Amateur Eventing Championship, also held at the Mid-South Three-Day Event and Team Challenge. Please click here for further details
23rd
October 2002
Mitchell Named Editor Of TBH Marketwatch
LEXINGTON, KY-- Blood-Horse Publications announces that Eric Mitchell has been named as the new editor of TBH Marketwatch, and will assume the position on November 11, 2002, replacing former managing editor Chris Clay who left Blood-Horse Publications in August to enter the seminary. TBH MarketWatch is a comprehensive statistical and analytical newsletter for Thoroughbred investors available by postal or e-mail subscription. It is published 20 times annually.
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22nd
October 2002
Horse Play At The British Equine Event!
The country's top equine experts gather at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire for the twelfth British Equine Event to be held on 2nd - 3rd November. From top equestrian stars and celebrity vets to specialised stands and a focused business forum, the British Equine Event is the biggest event of its kind, offering everything for the horse and rider.
Packed with practical demonstrations and features, this year's event will be seeing celebrity demonstrations from three-day eventers Vere and Clea Phillipps, and dressage gurus Conrad Shumacher and Pammy Hutton. There's the chance to grab some tips from show jumper Andy Austin or see TV vet Sally Kingsley, from the BBC's 'Vets in Practice' programme, talking on a wide range of everyday healthcare issues as part of the Robinson Animal Healthcare Healthy Horse Focus.
Sally is highlighting the latest advances in wound management and recovery procedures as well as routine therapy such as poulticing and hot and cold therapy. Horse owners also have the chance to pick up advice from her on bandaging and dressing wounds, the basics of healing, optimum healing environments and knowing when to call for immediate veterinary assistance.
Visitors will have the chance to learn the art of Western riding with Bob Mayhew in partnership with the British Reining Association and The Julie Templeton Show team will be presenting to audiences 'Training and producing the show pony' sponsored by Bailey's horse feeds
With its two-day demonstration programme and over 300 specialist trade stands offering unbeatable Christmas shopping opportunities, the British Equine Event is a must for anyone with an interest in horses and riding.
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22nd
October 2002

USET’s History-Making World Equestrian Games Performance To Be Shown on Outdoor Life Network
Gladstone, NJ—October 21, 2002— The history-making performance of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, will be shown on television in early December. U.S. riders, drivers and vaulters won a total of eight medals, doubling the U.S.’s best previous performance.
The broadcast schedule for coverage of the 2002 World Equestrian Games on the Outdoor Life Network is as follows:
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22nd
October 2002
CSIP JY Moorsele
(26 - 28 October 2002)

The following rider have been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show:-
CSIP ; Sophie Broome From Newport, Gwent, Hannah Paul From St Albans, Hertfordshire, Zara Kelly From Saffron Walden, Essex, Lucy Fishwick From Exeter, Devon, Jo Whitaker From Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, South Yorkshire
CSIJ ; Richard Moor From Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stacey Cleal From Witham, Essex, Lisa Phillips From Chelmsford, Essex, Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Richard Hook From Winchester, Hants
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22nd
October 2002
CSI-W Verona (Ita) 8-10 November 2002
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE has been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
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22nd
October 2002
CSI-C Meppel (Ned) 14-16 November 2002)
The following riders have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show:-
Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS and Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS
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22nd
October 2002
USA Equestrian
U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final Criteria And Application Available
The 2002-2003 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final will be held in conjunction with the Miami Dade Winter Dressage CDI***. This event will be held at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center in Miami, Florida from February 21 - 23, 2003. Selection criteria and applications of intent have been approved and are now available on-line
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22nd
October 2002
CSIP-A Liege (1-3 November 2002)
The following riders have been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show:- SOPHIE BROOME From Newport, Gwent, HANNAH PAUL From St Albans, Hertfordshire, LOUISE PAVITT From Godalming, Surrey
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21st
October 2002
Rambunctious Trail Horses
I have recently been reminded about a lesson I learned long ago through an experience that my sister and I went through in the last year. The lesson is if a horse changes his behavior, he does it for a reason. Sometimes we have troublefiguring out the reason, and sometimes we never figure it out, but there is always a reason. They don't just decide to change randomly. Our job is to find the reason,and if the change is negative, try to fix the problem.
We have had all our horses for quite a while, and we know them very well. Late last summer, as the weather got cooler, our horses started to change. We attributed it to the weather. Horses usually get more energy in cooler weather. In years past, they were pretty good in the fall, though, and would only be difficult in the spring when they would first start trail riding again. We thought maybe they were acting so hyper because we were in a new barn that year. It was a fairly boring place for them. They didn't have windows to look out, it was dark and there wasn't much activity for them to watch. Maybe they were acting up because they were bored.
As the weather got colder, they just got worse. Cruiser, my Morab, wouldn't settle down on the trail, and it took him a long time to start paying attention to me in the arena. Ranger was spooking more than ever-even in the arena. My sister ended up falling off in there for a spook caused by nothing. Even my quiet Mingo was spooking. He is the one who changed the most. He started bucking occasionally on the trail and in the arena.
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21st
October 2002

Jordan Merchlinski and The Silver Fox Win The $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Final
Harrisburg, PA—October 20, 2002—Jordan Merchlinski of Narvon, PA took top honors in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Jumper Finals riding The Silver Fox at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday.
Merchlinski and her ten year-old Thoroughbred mare were the fastest of two double clears, clinching the title in a time of 28.674 seconds. Rebecca Green of Whitehouse, NJ and Johnny Bravo tried to beat their time, but were a little too slow, finishing second in a time of 30.880.

Merchlinski and “Gypsy,” as her mare is affectionately called, went early in the line-up, which meant they had to wait a long time for the jump-off. It was a difficult time for the pair.
“I liked going early in the first round after we went clean, but then we had to wait a long time to see how many made the jump-off,” said Merchlinski. “It was so stressful. That also meant we had to come back first for the jump-off, which was really hard.”
Merchlinski and The Silver Fox, qualified for the NAL six years ago in the Children’s Jumper division, but did not do as well. The 23-year-old flight attendant was thrilled with their improved performance.
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21st
October 2002
Hanoverian Happenings - Fall '02
from 'Around the World' to 'Vista Ridge Farm'
News from Germany The 107th Elite Auction in Germany this month, resulted in the most expensive jumping horse ever sold at the auction. Lantinus by Landkoenig/Argentinus, a four year old achieved a top price of 215,000 EURO. The most expensive dressage horse at the sale was the seven year old black gelding Walkie Talkie by Weltruhm/Donnerhall for 110,000 EURO. It was also the second best ever of these auctions.
News from the USA Fifteen warmblood stallions are now safely housed at Paxton Farm in Batavia, Ohio to participate in this year’s 100-Day Stallion Performance Test. The testing, which is held under the auspices of the Federation of North American Sport Horse Registries, is held in the United States every other year
News from the Farm - Foal and Broodmare As many of you may know the largest and most costly wild fire (500,000 acres and almost $200,000,000.) in the US was only about 15 miles from us this summer. Although we had a few smokey days and some spectacular views of the flumes from the fire, we had no problems. The flumes, which were created when the flames of the fire reached 300 feet and looked like gigantic cauliflower, would collapse on themselves from their weight and then send flaming pine cones several miles away. We were impressed by the beauty of the first flume which was about 20 miles away, but appeared to be just a few miles away, until we learned of their destructive force on their collapse. Our little town of 2500 had more firefighters living here for awhile than residents. At one point there were 7000 firefighters on the fire, which is nearly 25% of the entire wild fire firefighting force.
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21st
October 2002
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We are offering $50 of FREE AD CREDITs just for joining! Our basic ads with photo is only $5 for 120 days. That means you can place 10 ads absolutely FREE! No Strings! We at NationalHorseTraders.com (NHT) want to do more for you to help sell your horse.
We took an aggressive approach and currently now have over 24,000 nationwide horse traders receiving our weekly emailer displaying horses for sale. That means your ad is exposed to over 24,000 members each week plus hundreds of new members join monthly.
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21st
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Oslo Norway 18 - 20 October 2002
International sprangklasse - finale (MINI GRAND PRIX), International Jumping Competition with one Jump-Off
1) VERELST QUEBEC; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), 2) LUCKY 4 SUM; Cian O'CONNOR (IRL), 3) FARO DE LA TREILLE ; Paul FREIMüLLER (SUI)
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21st
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Dusseldorf Germany 17 - 20 October 2002
Grosser AEGON Preis von Dusseldorf (GRAND PRIX), International Competition 1m55 - Group A
1) LORD Z; John WHITAKER (GBR), 2) DAMHUS LOS DEL; Ulrich KIRCHHOFF (GER), 3) AEGON DOVER; Luciana DINIZ-KNIPPLING (BRA)
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20th
October 2002
The Florida Cracker
Until the early part of the twentieth century, Cracker Horses were quite numerous in Florida. Many of them roamed free on the open ranges, while others were used by Frontier Cattlemen and Settlers. Their serious decline started during the 1930's and when the Florida Cracker Horse Association was chartered in 1989, this breed of horses appeared to be on the edge of extinction. At that time, the State had three small herds and the rest of them, about one hundred head, were owned by a few Cattle and Ranching families who, appreciating their qualities of stamina, intelligence, quickness, durability and easy ride, continued to breed a few for their own use. These Pioneer families and their unique horses share a heritage that spans many years.

Cracker Horses have never been subjected to fad or narrow purpose breeding and there is not much difference in them and the horses ridden by Conquistadors more than four hundred years ago. They are still tough, low maintenance, range bred horses who are pretty much left alone until selected for use. Though best known for their abilities as cow horses, they also do well in equine events requiring quickness and maneuverability. Although Crackers are still not plentiful, the Preservation Effort is succeeding, their numbers are increasing and the demand for them is steadily growing.
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20th
October 2002
Scots At The British Equine Event 2002
This year's British Equine Event, 2-3 November 2002 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, is set to break new records! With Christmas looming, organisers are anticipating repeat of last year's increase in attendence - and Scottish equine societies and retailers are going to be on hand to profit!
For the Eriskay Pony society, the annual event is a important date in the calendar Eriskay enthusiasts from across the British Isles can get together to tell the horse world about Britain's most endangered native pony. This year the society is aiming to surpass last year's success when the Scottish society was awarded 'Best Breed Society Stand', out of 33 other hopefuls.
Other organisations from north of the border attending this year's Event include Equine Grass Sickness Fund, the Highland Pony society, the Icelandic Horse society of Great Britain and the Shetland Pony stud-book society.
With well over 300 trade stands covering every conceivable aspect of horse care and management, visitors will be able to browse and buy at their leisure. Those coming from north of the border can expect not only to see some of their own local specialist producers, but also those from as far away as Cornwall and Eire. Visitors can truly shop 'til they drop with everything from horse mirrors to bridles and specialist horsey socks!
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20th
October 2002
Stonepine Equestrian Quicktime Video at www.endorphin.com
Deep in Carmel Valley you'll find the oldest thoroughbred ranch west of the Mississippi where some of the world's best instructors pass on their knowledge to up and coming riders. In this movie you'll see the facilities and learn about the history of Stonepine Equestrian. It is also the place where the California Thoroughbred Racing Association was founded. They have a sulky track, trail rides, and even a Vis-a-vis carriage used for weddings. If you are interested in horses and are in central California, you must visit this most impressive place.
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20th
October 2002
WNFR Ready To Ride On Radios Nationwide
R4 Productions, the official radio network of the PRCA, is preparing for the play by play radio broadcasts of the 2002 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. The live broadcasts, which include a pre-game and post game show, bring the world’s richest rodeo to over forty radio stations across the United States and Canada. For a list of stations airing the live broadcasts, go to www.R4Productions.com
R4 Productions, along with the live broadcasts of the WNFR, also offers a weekly program called "Prorodeo Primetime." The weekly program focuses on the lifestyles of the rodeo athletes and features interviews with the top cowboys and cowgirls in professional rodeo. "The weekly show is a bit cutting edge with the music we use and the types of questions we ask, but listeners from all over have expressed their thanks for airing this type of show, so I guess we’ll keep going in this direction," said Wise.
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20th
October 2002
Are you looking for a good time? Would you like to support a great cause? Here is your opportunity!
Jolene's Horse Rescue, a California Non- Profit Organization 501-C3, and Paramount Studios proudly present "Stars Smile"!
"Stars Smile" is a program offered through Paramount Studios to benefit deserving non-profit organizations. Simply by attending a taping of a Paramount show, the studio will donate either $10.00 per person or a flat $500.00 to the organization for providing 35 audience members who identify themselves as supporters of the group. What an easy way to have fun and support a deserving organization.
Winter and the holiday months are the most difficult time for non-profit organizations, especially those that work with animals. What a wonderful way to show your support and benefit the animals waiting for adoption into good homes!
Jolene's Horse Rescue, based in Palmdale, CA is scheduled to participate in this awesome program on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. We invite everyone to join us on this day for a good time and to take the opportunity to help us feed the horses this winter.
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20th
October 2002
Equine Protection Network
EPN Benefit Auction on Ebay!
Ebay Auction Starting October 19, 2002!
The framed and matted print, Faces of Hope was previously auctioned off on Ebay.The winner generously donated the print back to the EPN to auction off again.
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20th
October 2002

McLain Ward Wins NAL $25,000 Open Jumper Speed Finals
Harrisburg, PA—October 18, 2002—McLain Ward of Brewster, NY defended his North American League (NAL) championship title winning the North American League $25,000 Open Jumper Speed Finals riding Galant at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in a time of 51.971 seconds.
Over half the field of 19 riders had rails down trying to set an unbeatable time on the challenging course. For a while it looked like Nona Garson and Rhythmical would snag the victory setting a target time of 53.784. Ward was undaunted.

“I watched the first twelve riders to see how the course was riding,” said Ward. “I knew that I could win it if I went fast and neat and not go crazy, fast and neat was the key.” Ward has competed in the NAL Open Jumper Speed Finals four times missing only one year. The 27 year-old USET veteran thinks the North American League is a worthwhile program.
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20th
October 2002

Clinic: Self Defense from Horse Back
A clinic for women and other trail riders, teaching them how to use their horse to prevent an attack.
When: Nov 23 and 24
Where: Carpe Diem Farms, Fall City , WA
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20th
October 2002

Out to Sea Captures the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals
Harrisburg, PA—October 18, 2002—Shawna Stout of Middleburg, VA and Out To Sea won the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday. The pair defeated Meghan Garland of Chambersburg, PA, and Swan Lake’s Arox by only one point to claim the title.
This is the first time competing at Harrisburg for both Stout and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Stout could not believe their victory.

“This is so exciting,” said Stout. “He was perfect in spiteof his mom. I knew he would go in and jump around, I was just hoping I would be good enough.”
Stout and Out To Sea received the highest score in the first round of 27 entries, but fared less well in the second round of twelve. Stout blames it on nerves.
“Coming back on top made me nervous,” said Stout. “It gave me too much time to think. I was just hoping I could hold it together. I need to practice coming back for a second round under pressure.”
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20th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Dusseldorf Germany 17-20 October 2002
SCHWARZKOPF CHAMPIONAT VON DUSSELDORF; INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 1M55 - GROUP A
1) GANDINI BIANCA; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA), =2) LEENA; Markus BEERBAUM (GER), =2) L.B. SCUTT; Willi MELLIGER (SUI)
Antenne Dusseldorf Cup; International Knock Out Competition 1m40 - Group A and B
1) WOODY WOODPACKER; Christian AHLMANN (GER), 2) HELOISE CHAMPEI; Tim HOSTER (GER), =3) ESAT; Hardy DIEMER (GER), =3) JOLLY JUMPER; Marc BETTINGER (GER)
Internationales GATZ Masters ; International Competition 1m55 - Group A
1) ROYAL CHARMER; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 2) PREISHAMMER; Jessica KURTEN (IRL), 3) GRALSHUTER; Heinrich-Wilhelm JOHANNSMANN (GER)
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20th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Saint Lo France 18 - 20 October 2002
Competition NO. 5 - Prix Generali Assurances 1.30 Tempo
1) Dirk Demeersman (BEL) Quattro, 2) Florian Angot (FRA) Etornella, 3) Koen Vereecke (BEL) Emeraude, 4) Conor Swail (IRL) Windgates Mystique Faults 0 Time 38.20
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20th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Leeuwarden Holland 17-19 October 2002
CONSORTIUM PRIX
International Speed- and Handiness Competition
1) LORD WILLIAM; Clare BRONFMAN (USA), 2) LABOR'S VDL KALUSHA; Jur VRIELING (NED), 3) DOW JONES COURCEL; Dermott LENNON (IRL)
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