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1st Dec 2001
The True Cost of Shoeing a Horse
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When you search for a farrier, one of the first things that you consider is the cost of shoeing and trimming. Do you really know what it should cost to have your horses trimmed and shod? There are many factors to consider: Is the person full-time or part-time, do they belong to any farriers' organizations, do they have an education (farrier school, college degrees, etc.), and how long has the person been shoeing?
A full time farrier may see as many as 11,000 hoofs a year while a part time shoer maybe 500. There can be a big gap in the knowledge of a full time professional and the person down the road who has another job, or the person who went to a two-week course or self study.
We are just now being able to prove that improper trimming and shoeing as acolt, or continued improper shoeing and trimming will lead to lameness earlier in a horse life. The theories in shoeing are changing as we can prove with science study and our new technologies what is going on with the horse in biomechanical movements.
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1st Dec 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-B Stockholm Sweden 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2001
LAND ROVER CUP, International Jumping Competition
International Jumping Competition, Table A, 1m40, with one jump-off
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1st Dec 2001 Wild Heart Ranch Releases New Non-Violent Boys Internet Interactive game - Get Out Your Lasso Partners, the Armadillo Cowboy game is ready to rope you in..
November 30, 2001, Point Roberts, WA, - Wild Heart Ranch Inc, an entertainment and toy company is pleased to announce the launch of the new Internet video game "The Armadillo Cowboy Club". The game is part of the initial brand launch for the Armadillo Cowboy line. The game is based on an original story, about three Armadillo Deputy heroes that capture criminal
coyotes with slingshots firing bees as well as fast flying lassos. Cast of characters include Sam the Rattler, the local Sheriff, Wyatt Dirt the lead Armadillo, a pack of dirty Coyotes, three old nags, and more.
The game takes you into desert scenes, an old fashioned street shoot out and a saloon fight. Sound effects add humor, creating a " good old boy" western slapstick game for all ages to enjoy.
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1st Dec 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Maastricht 29 Nov -2 Dec. 2001
ORDINA PRIX, International Jumping Competition Speed- and Handiness 1.40m
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1st Dec 2001

NFU Response To Royal Society Foot and Mouth Inquiry
The clear shortcomings and uncertainties in the handling of the foot and mouth crisis must be addressed if the UK is to avoid a repeat of the disaster or indeed any other infectious animal disease, the NFU said today.
There must be more investment in research into animal diseases to find new and better diagnostic and epidemiological methods, the NFU said in its response to the Royal Society's Inquiry into Infectious Disease in Livestock.
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1st Dec 2001
Saddletude ::Saddletude This Week::
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1st Dec 2001

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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30th Nov 2001
Equine Courses at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
John Crawford of Equiworld.Com and Dr Mark Dagleish BVM&S PhD MRCVS of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth discuss the variety of equine degree courses available and their value.
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30th Nov 2001
Plans For SEIB/BEF Young Horse Evaluation Series Get Off To A Good Start
Response to the announcement of the first BEF Young Horse Evaluation series has thrilled sponsor South Essex Insurance Brokers. "Our confidence in the series has been justified at this very early stage," said managing director Barry Fehler.
The series, designed to improve the quality of British sports horses and give leading riders the quality mounts to win Olympic titles, involves a nationwide series of Evaluation tests for four-year-old registered with recognised British breed societies. These will be held at a number of centres around the country in Spring next year. The championship, at a venue yet to be announced, will be divided into classes for young event, dressage and showjumping horses.
"Many people have already been in touch promising support and entries," said working party chairman Richard Meade. "and there is general recognition that the scheme is the first step towards improving the overall quality of our horses. Many breed societies are also expected to donate special awards for their highest-placed registered horses."
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30th Nov 2001
U.S. Driving For the Disabled President Michael Muir Completes Cross-Country Drive with a Parade through Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C—November 29, 2001—U.S. Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) president Michael Muir led a triumphant parade of six horse-drawn carriages through Washington D.C. November 1 to mark the completion of his ten-month Horsedrawn Journey Across America.
The parade, planned for months but made more challenging by recent security issues, featured three pairs, three singles and a “highly charged international cast of characters” said Muir. “We were flying Old Glory, several state flags and the banners of Germany, Sweden, Mexico and Great Britain, representing everyone who took part in this amazing adventure.”
A delegation from the Swedish embassy joined Maryland Congressman Bob Erlich to see off the parade which lined up in front of the reflecting pool, with the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop.
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30th Nov 2001
USET Honors 2001 Champions
Gladstone, New Jersey—November 29, 2001—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) named champions in dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining and show jumping in 2001.
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29th Nov. 2001
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
BBC Grandstand to be presented live from Olympia
The BBC is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, the country’s most successful horse show, by announcing that it will be presenting Grandstand live from Olympia, for the first time ever. Claire Balding will present Grandstand live from the show on Sunday 22nd December when the coverage will include the new ‘Double Your Money’ class.
In addition to the Grandstand programme on the Sunday, the BBC will televise the World Cup Qualifier on Saturday 21st December and will also broadcast the traditional highlights programme. The show’s proximity to Christmas means that the scheduling for the highlights programme has yet to be confirmed.
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29th Nov. 2001
Gift wrapped for Christmas?
Blackie the Pit Pony is pictured here wrapped in a nice warm rug that was donated to the Centre.
He looked so nice we thought it might remind you that, you can sponsor old Blackie from just £12 per year.
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29th Nov. 2001
Training Performance Horses
You can learn horse training techniques, train your horse with professional step by step help, and earn a college certificate--all at the same time, and at home.
A Horse of Course
Training Performance Horses is an online, distance learning course which begins before the first saddle and takes the student through each progressive step of training until the horse is learning to perform the flying change of leads. The focus of the course is on the "how-to" steps of teaching the horse forward, backward and lateral exercises, proper cadence and stride, impulsion, suppleness and collection. Any horse and any trainer, no matter what their previous experience, will gain new insights to training without force, gimmicks or specialized equipment.
The course isn't about western or English, it is designed to give the trainer and horse all the basic movements and footfall sequences necessary to allow the partners to advance to the highest levels of performance at any discipline, if that is their desire.
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29th Nov. 2001 O'Connor Moves To 7th Overall In Western European League
Ireland's Cian O'Connor had jumped to 7th Place in the FEI World Cup's Western European League following his successes on the North American Fall Tour (Washington, New York, Toronto) with a total of 30 points. He was previously in 39th position.
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29th Nov. 2001
USA Equestrian Location Of USA Reining Seat Medal Finals Announced
The 2001 USA Reining Seat Medal Finals will be held on February 22-23, 2002, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California.
The Reining Seat Medal offers a unique twist to the traditional pattern as it combines the customary maneuvers of reining with equitation to create a picture of complete horsemanship. Special honors include the High Score Junior Exhibitor and Amateur, High Pattern Score, Youngest Rider and the Westland Farms Sportsmanship trophy. New this year is the High Equitation Score trophy. The USA Reining Seat Medal class is open to junior exhibitor and amateur riders showing any breed of horse.
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29th Nov. 2001

Last Infected Area Goes Clear
The lifting of the last remaining foot and mouth Infected Area in the country will be a huge morale boost for farmers, NFU President Ben Gill said today.
IA status will be lifted at midnight in Durham, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria - where the country's last FMD case was reported on 30 September - following negative blood tests.
The stubborn hold taken by the disease in this important livestock area of the country has earned it the title of the Penrith Spur.
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28th Nov 2001
Exmoor Holidays
Exmoor provides some of the best riding in England, where you can enjoy the 400 miles of bridle paths, riding across the heather-clad moors, down the wooded valleys or along the coast. Roadwork is minimal from all properties. Access to stunning moorland is easy
John Crawford of Equiworld.Com meets with John
Lowe of Exmoor Holidays to learn about the opportunities Exmoor offers.

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28th Nov 2001
Designer Headwear
Visitors to the recent Equine Event on 3rd and 4th November 2001 could have been forgiven for thinking that they were seeing spots before their eyes. Leading Headwear Manufacturer Charles Owen & Co had created a further edition to their 'Designer Range'. The Dalmation Hat.
Thirteen year old Charley Rose from Cheshire, a successful show rider, wore the item throughout the CHAPS demonstrations, adding that finishing touch to her and Riverside Exchange's side saddle performance. Charley who is trained by Jane Carruthers (Quote - "The Best Trainer in the World") proved to be an enthusiastic model for Charles Owen and is delighted that she has been allowed to keep the product. Already she has been showing in Scotland and Cornwall whilst wearing it.
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28th Nov 2001
BETA BETA Supports Campaign To Fight For FMD Compensation
BETA - the British Equestrian Trade Association - has joined a campaign to help businesses severely affected by the FMD crisis fight for compensation.
The UK Rural Business Campaign has been set up to seek compensation from the government for losses suffered by all businesses involved directly or indirectly in the rural economy, as a result of mal-administration and human rights breaches.
The English and Welsh Tourist Boards have estimated that £5.1 billion in turnover has been lost by rural businesses since the FMD outbreak began in February 2001. BETA estimates that by the end of the year the trade sector of the equestrian industry alone will have lost over £170 million in turnover.
Another aim of the campaign is to challenge, through the courts, proposed legislation to allow the culling of any animal without right of appeal. This could affect every animal and pet owner in the country.
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27th Nov 2001
King On Tour
The nation’s favourite event rider, Mary King, will be giving talks at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, 20th February 2002 and the Barnsdale Lodge Hotel at Rutland Water, Nr. Oakham on Tuesday, 26th February 2002 for a one night special courtesy of Strongid-P and CWG, the leading equestrian retailer in the East and Central Midlands.
A heroine and inspiration to thousands of riders around the country, Mary King is one of the most successful Event riders ever.
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27th Nov 2001 National Foot & Mouth Compensation Campaign Takes To The Country
The UK Rural Business Campaign today announces five meetings to be held
over the next two weeks across the country rallying support for businesses
seeking compensation from the Government as a result of its handling of
Foot and Mouth.
On Monday December 3rd., the day before the committee stage of the Animal
Health Bill, campaign leaders and its solicitors, Class Law, will brief
MPs in Westminster. The meeting will be at 11.00am in Portcullis House and
will be followed by a press conference at approximately 12.30pm. The
campaign is also seeking to amend the Animal Health Bill to ensure it does
not infringe Human Rights or the interests of rural businesses.
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27th Nov 2001

Family Legacy Continues with Leading Owner Award
Cofrancesco Family Captures Third Consecutive Award

(Sparta, New Jersey) – A moment of silence represented a lifetime of dedication to the American Quarter Horse as the Peter J. Cofrancesco Jr. family of Sparta, New Jersey, stepped to center ring to accept the American Quarter Horse Association’s World Championship Show’s Leading Owner Award during closing ceremonies November 17 in Oklahoma City.
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27th Nov 2001

the caplen company Releases arkPET – animal record keeping
FREDERICK, Maryland, USA – November 26, 2001 - the caplen company announces the immediate availability of the arkPET animal record keeping system. The arkPET program is a lighter version of the company’s flagship animal record keeping product, arkPRO.
"With the release of arkPET, we are giving users access to the rich features and functionality of our successful flagship product, arkPRO", said Patrick Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the caplen company. "We are very excited and pleased that we can deliver these features and functionality at an attractive and affordable price to a market segment which has long been ignored by animal record keeping vendors".
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26th Nov 2001
Supplemental Knowledge
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Today's horse market holds a bewildering array of supplements that claim to be essential to your horse's good health, or promise to cure a variety of ailments. Deciding which claims are justified and which are the products of the copywriter's imagination can be both a lengthy process and an expensive one.
Manufacturers have plenty of competition for the horse owner's dollar, and it is often easier to follow the company's every recommendation rather than doing the necessary research to determine if your horse really needs a particular product. For those who do not understand the horse's requirements it is easy to be swayed by the advertisement words; backed with knowledge of what the products really do for the horse the owner can make informed choices about where to spend his money.
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25th Nov. 2001
The Criollo horse, handiness and endurance
The chosen mount of legendary Gauchos, the Criollo horse is the symbol of equestrian cultures in Latin America. This hardy little horse is exceptionally easy-handling. To invoke its name is to fuel dreams of adventure…
The Criollo horse or breed, literally "creole", has no actual name of its own. It is the direct descendant of horses brought to the New World since the arrival of Columbus, imported by Spanish conquistadores during the XVIth century and notably by Don Pedro Mendoza, founder of Buenos Aires, in 1535. Many of these war horses escaped or were abandoned, and rapidly returned to a more primal state in an environment perfect for their development, the Pampa. For the next four centuries, the Criollo breed adapted itself to the vast South American plains through the pitiless process of natural selection. This adaptation to the rude conditions of life on the Pampa was determined by selective factors acting on wild populations, which permitted them to develop qualities of physical hardiness and resistance to diseases.
Used for working cattle by the Gauchos, the Criollo is still an element in the daily work of peones, the herders and cowboys of South America that prize the horse for its hardiness, endurance and strong physical condition.
The Criollo is also appreciated in many traditional equestrian games , including polo, a national sport in Argentina. Only in the realm of outdoor nature riding can the full pleasure of riding a Criollo be experienced. It is a horse made for the great outdoors, ideal for long voyages or trail rides, trekking or western riding. Extremely easy-handling, its training as a cattle worker or even war horse seem a part of the not-so-distant past.
Concerning its temperament, the Criollo can be fearless and independent. It is often said that the Criollo is a one-man horse; it is often very affectionate, but doesn't trust just anybody. Once trust is established, it gives all of itself with amazing courage and tenacity. It fears nothing and goes absolutely anywhere!

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25th Nov. 2001

Kristina Cook at the British Equine Event 2001
"Horses for Courses"
International event rider Kristina Cook (nee Gifford) presented a fantastic deemonstration covering all three phases of eventing. Please click on the link below to listen to Kristina discussing her methods of training and producing event horses with John Crawford of Equiworld.
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25th Nov. 2001
Clinics with Don Blazer in Florida
Florida horse owners can power-up their riding and rev-up their training skills at two separate hands-on clinics when internationally recognized author/trainer Don Blazer reveals his nine secrets of perfect horsemanship
.Limited to 13 horses and riders each day, the clinics are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at Sunchaser Equestrian Center & Academy Inc., 9812 167th Place N., Jupiter Farms.
A Horse of Course
Not about specific styles or disciplines, these clinics are for every rider striving to reach personal competition goals and that ultimate partnership between horse and rider.
"Only when you master the mental aspects of horsemanship can you attain the highest levels of performance. And once you know how the six elements of training can be combined with the nine secrets you can solve any riding or training problem," says Blazer.
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25th Nov. 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-W Berlin 22-25 November 2001
Qualifier for the World Cup Season 2001/2002, International Jumping Competition Cl.S***1m60
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