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The British Equine Event ~ 2nd & 3rd November 2003
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Featured Articles: The Florida Cracker
Horses and Fireworks - An Explosive Combination
Tendencies of the Typical Horse out on the Trail
"Doing A Little Good"
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair 2002 Results
Federation Equestre Internationale News

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2nd
November 2002

Fixed.in one Fell swoop
A fresh approach to repairing a cleft palate lets a rare pony foal live
Less than a dozen Fell ponies-a rare breed imported from northern England in the 1940s-exist in Canada. So when one is born with a serious physical defect, alarm bells sound. Fortunately, in the case of two-day-old Fell filly June Bug, Ontario Veterinary College researchers were standing by. And, based on their experiences with her, they now have a new way to help other horses with similar problems.
June Bug came to OVC two summers ago suffering from a cleft palate, a tear to the soft palate located between the windpipe and throat. This soft palate, along with another structure in the throat called the epiglottis, come together to seal the air pipes when food is swallowed. The tear breaks this seal, allowing milk to enter the windpipe and then the lungs. This causes fatal pneumonia, essentially drowning the animal if left untreated. It's a highly unusual problem in horses, but is not thought to be inherited.
Owner Joan O'Brien of Sterling, Ontario, knew she had trouble on her hands. "June Bug was so small that our vet had to use dog-sized instruments to inspect her mouth," says O'Brien.
Because of the severity of the problem, June Bug was referred to OVC, where Dr. Ludovic Bouré took on her case.
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November 2002

Condios Acknowledged by the KWPN
Morningside Stud received official confirmation today from the KWPN that our Holsteiner stallion Condios (Coriano x Landgraf I) has been granted the status "An Acknowledged Studbook Approved Stallion Not Accredited by the KWPN."
Foals sired by Condios out of KWPN or NA/WPN mares may now be registered in the KWPN's Register A. Foals sired by Condios out of other riding horse mares can under certain circumstances also be registered in the KWPN's Register A.

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November 2002

Custom Made Named USET Athlete of the Month for October 2002
Gladstone, NJ—November 1, 2002—Sydney Olympic Gold Medal horse Custom Made was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for October after he carried David O’Connor to victory in his farewell competition at the 2002 Fair Hill International Eventing Championship, October 24-27.
O’Connor had announced that the Fair Hill International would be the final event for the 17-year-old Thoroughbred who had carried him to the individual Gold Medal at Sydney. O’Connor and Custom Made topped a starting field of seventy-eight horses from six countries to win both the Fair Hill International CCI*** and the United States Equestrian Team Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship.
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November 2002
Breen takes first blood at Millstreet
Shane Breen, riding Sculptured, won the first Open Horse Class at the Dairygold Indoor Show in Millstreet, Co Cork, today (Friday, Nov 1). The Cashel rider jumped a clear round in 50.98 seconds in the one-round speed competition to beat the time of 51.46secs set by Antrim's Harry Marshall and Pakko.
Steven Smith and Wise Crack filled the minor placing. The feature class today is the 6,000 euro Dairygold Indoor Derby, while tomorrow sees the Dairygold Indoor Grand Prix, worth 10,000 euro.
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November 2002
Texan Online
Taking care of 10 horses, plus being a fulltime escrow officer can keep a Texas girl pretty busy. But it can't keep her from going to college in New Mexico.
Jeanie Choate of Manard, TX, enrolled in New Mexico State University's Training Performance Horses course, and now she just sits down at her computer anytime she wants to go to class.
"The idea of learning at home and when I please is really appealing. I can go to class when I have time, and I can work at my own pace."
Training Performance Horses is a nine-lesson, step-by-step, how-to course which begins before the first saddle and takes the horse all the way to the flying change of leads. How to teach every basic exercise from the stop to the haunches-in is covered in the course. A noncredit course, students receive a certificate of recognition for their efforts when they complete the program.
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November 2002

Minding The Membership
No matter what your interest, involvement, or orientation to the horse industry is, there is most likely an association that is right for you. From professional associations, to breed and performance organizations, to youth groups, to geographically-based, to marketing groups, to welfare, to
therapeutic use of horses, to environmental issues, to land preservation, to search and rescue - well, the list is a long one and those mentioned here
give you an idea of the depth and breadth available.
The successful operation of an association is based on a variety of factors. The factors include vision and mission, board and leadership development, fundraising, programs and services, and public relations. One of the many fundraising methods is to offer membership to the organization. The members receive benefits in return for paying their dues. In this way, members become one of the association's customers. Not all associations can offer memberships based on their charter, however. For these groups, hiring an attorney provides the means for making the appropriate governance changes.
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November 2002

A Horse of Course

Walter has a coloring book
Color him black, or color him red. Color him with wild abandon, or disciplined strokes, but whatever you do, get in on the fun and color in Walter's Coloring Book. You could win a prize! (Come-on, mom, come-on, dad, it's a great stress reducer.)
Just like Walter--a horse, of course--his coloring book is a little different-it has pictures to color, but it also has a story to tell about horses, history and Santa Claus. In Walter's first coloring book, Walter wants to pull Santa's sleigh. Different in a second way, Walter's Coloring Book is an e-book, and can only be ordered over the Internet at www.donblazer.com.
"Tiny tots love to color and they love to have mom or dad read them Walter's stories. Kids like Walter because he's just like the horse they dream about or own, and adults like Walter because he always has something of value to impart. So Walter's Coloring Book is perfect for the whole family," says Diane Blazer, designer and editor.
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November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Zuidlaren Netherlands 31 October - 3 November 2002
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, MASTER CLASS - 1.35m: 1) FOLLE DE LUI; Molly ASHE (USA), 2) JUMPING JACK; Annet WILLEMS (NED), 3) SPEEDY DE LAUBRY; Vincent HOWLEY (IRL)
MASTER CLASS - 1.45m:
1) TINELLO CORONA; Albert VOORN (NED), 2) KOR II; Roelof BRIL (NED), 3) WINDGATES MYSTIQUE; Conor SWAIL (IRL)
BCM PRIJS, Sponsored by: BCM, International Jumping Competition - Star Class, Table A 1.40m against the clock
1) GINGER WATT; Dermott LENNON (IRL), 2) NOILLY PRAT; Johan LASEUR (NED), 3) COLLEZIONE CESARO PANTHERA; Albert VOORN (NED)
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November 2002
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A ZUIDLAREN NETHERLANDS 31 OCTOBER-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-B KLAGENFURT AUSTRIA 31 OCTOBER-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-A LIEGE BELGIUM 1-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSIP LIEGE BELGIUM 1-3 NOVEMBER 2002, CEI*** MONTCUQ FRANCE 2­3 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-B OLDENBURG GERMANY 7­10 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-W SAO PAULO BRAZIL 8-10 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-C MEPPEL NETHERLANDS 14­16 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-W BERLIN GERMANY 14­17 NOVEMBER 2002, CSI-C RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL 15-17 NOVEMBER 2002
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November 2002

Stand No. 32

A Breath Of Fresh Air In A Feed Balancer
Blue Chip Original now carries even greater benefits for horses and ponies of all kinds. The already comprehensive formulation is being re-launched following the inclusion of Primo Vento, a synergistic combination of ingredients designed to help respiration and maintain healthy lung function. This means that Blue Chip contributes even more extensively to overall health and well-being.
Primo Vento combines antioxidant vitamins A,C &E, Omega 3 Oils, Selplex and Inovair; a traditional blend of herbs, oils, garlic and menthol. Based on scientific research, this unique fusion is intended to boost the immune system and maintain a healthy respiratory tract.

The new Blue Chip formulation has been prompted largely by consumer demand. Blue Chip asked its customers what most concerned them about their horse’s health and well-being. The overwhelming response was that respiratory problems were a major concern; the feeling being that horses are increasingly sensitive to pollen, dust, fungal spores and pollution and that allergies affecting the respiratory system are becoming more widespread.
Trials at a large number of yards (including those of Di Lampard, Kelly Marks, Kyra Kyrklund and the Yorkshire Riding Centre) yielded impressive results, one of the most dramatic being the oldest pony in Britain, 52 year old Samantha from St Bernard’s Animal Sanctuary. Staff were previously unaware that the pony even had breathing problems, putting her shortage of breath down to old age. However, since being given Blue Chip Original with Primo Vento, Samantha is far more active, trotting easily around her paddock without becoming breathless.
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November 2002

Stand No. 53
The Women Who Listen To Horses
Dealing with nervous, remedial or thoroughly misunderstood horses is all part of a normal day for Sarah Kreutzer, Debbie Reilly and Maya Horsey - three Monty Roberts Certified instructors who have brought the legendary horseman's non-abusive methods of communication home from California to the UK.
Sharing Monty's vision to make the world a better place for horses is a passion that drives each one of them and they work tirelessly to create an environment in which people can not only listen to their horses, but also treat them with respect.
Instead of a traditional relationship based on domination and submission, a two-way channel of communication is established, with both horse and rider speaking the same language - Equus.
Because Monty Roberts and his proteges, of whom there are only 16 in the world, are often called 'horsewhisperers' many people wrongly assume that they spend their time talking quietly into animal's ears.
"This name comes from something Monty once said," explains Debbie. " 'A good trainer can hear a horse speak, a great trainer can hear a horse whisper'."
"A trained eye can 'hear a horse through tiny, subtle movements such as the twitch of an ear, the flaring of a nostril or tightly drawn-up facial muscles," she continues." By the time a horse is rearing, biting or bucking, it is literally screaming out for help,"
Sarah, Debbie and Maya's belief that non-abusive methods can benefit every horse has been backed up time and again by an extensive catalogue of success stories. Their credits include helping a race horse to develop from also-ran to winner, restoring the confidence of horses that would spook in traffic, tackling remedial problems, ironing out long established traits, training point-to-pointers and hunters and starting numerous young horses.
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November 2002

Stand No. 240
Clipper Advice
Peasridge Clipper World offers an unrivalled selection of Clippers and Trimmers for electrically clipping all breeds of Horses, Livestock and domestic pets. The Mail Order Service supplies thousands of customers both professional and domestic from all over the UK, and Europe, UK customers ordering before 12noon Mondays to Thursdays receive their purchases the next day.
The Peasridge web site www.peasridge.co.uk is Europe's largest web site for animal clippers and a wide range of animal grooming product. A special sector for horses introduces the web visitor to an exciting range of grooming products not always readily found in tack shops and other retail outlets within the UK.
The "Clipper Advice" sector of the web site is unique! There is nothing similar which introduces the user to the basics relating to both clipping machines as well as the all-important blades, and gives helpful advice on repairs and servicing.
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November 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
31 October 2002

FEI Eventing Committee Meeting
The Eventing Committee met in Angers (FRA) after a very successful Eventing World Championship of 6 and 7 year old Young Horses in Lion d’Angers. 5 Stud books participated in the team Championship and 16 studbooks were represented in the competition with riders from 21 NFs.
FEI Endurance Committee Meeting
The FEI Endurance Committee held a special meeting on 29 October in London (GBR) primarily to discuss the problems that arose during and following the World Equestrian Games Endurance Event. They were joined at the meeting by Prof. Leo Jeffcott Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee and the FEI Secretary General Dr Bo Helander.
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November 2002

Stand No. 261
Lantra appoints Industry Partnership Manager to work with Equine industry
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Environmental and Land-based Sector, has appointed Clare Johnson as its first Industry Partnership Manager for the Equine industry. Clare, previously employed as Lantra's Development Consultant for Standards and Qualifications, will work closely with the industry, its employers and representatives throughout the UK.
Last week, the government announced that employers would be put firmly in the driving seat to tackle skill shortages in their sectors as part of the further expansion of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). SSCs are independent organisations tasked with tackling the skills and productivity needs of their sector throughout the UK.
Launched in March as one of the first five "Trailblazer" SSCs, Lantra is licensed by government to drive forward the new skills, training and business development agenda for the environmental and land-based sector. One of Clare's first tasks as Industry Partnership Manager is to develop an individual action plan for the Equine industry that focuses on identifying and developing solutions to its training and business development needs.
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November 2002

Stand No. 235
The Blacup Training Group Triumph Again
In October 1998 the Government Inspectorate rated the Blacup Training Group as one of the top twenty training companies in the country (Chief Inspectors report) In June 2002 the company were again inspected and awarded grade 2 (good provision) against all aspects of the inspection framework. The report will be published on the 30th August on the website www.ali.gov.uk
What does this mean?
In the areas of Equestrian, Veterinary Nursing and Caring for Animals we have still maintained the highest-grade profile of any training company in the country offering the same specialist areas of training.
"Our success has been built on quality, from the work based placements we use to the staff we employ. Any young person coming in our programme is guaranteed a job at the end of training" Stephen Place - Managing Director.
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November 2002

Stand No. 32
National Business Awards
Blue Chip performed in a highlt creditable manner in their section of the National Business Awards, being one of four runners-up for the Supply Chain Strategy Award Though frustrated to have come so tantalisingly close to victory, Blue Chip's achievement was put into perspective by the fact that the winning company for their category of Supply Chain Strategy of the Year, has a logistical business spanning 2 continents with a £1bn turnover, government contracts and 34 depots. Blue Chip also fought off competition from the likes of British Airports Authority which runs 7 airports with a turnover of £2bn.
This inaugural award ceremony, sponsored by Orange and held at the London Hilton on 29 October, was a glittering affair described by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown as "the Oscars of the business world" in his opening video address.
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November 2002
The Race to Las Vegas Heats Up for U.S. Show Jumping Riders
Las Vegas, NV—October 31, 2002—The hotly contested race to ride at the Budweiser World Cup 2003 in Las Vegas is heating up for U.S. Show Jumping riders. In the East Coast standings, Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL leads the way, and on the West Coast, Misti Cassar of Hidden Valley, CA, and Richard Spooner of Glendale, CA, are tied for the top spot.
After four Budweiser World Cup qualifying classes in the U.S. East Coast League, Dello Joio sits on top of the standings with a total of 50 points, 35 of which were earned while he was competing in Europe. Dello Joio had a big boost in the standings when he won the World Cup qualifier at Oslo, Norway in mid-October.
He is a former World Cup Champion, having won the 1983 Final in Vienna.
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November 2002

Equestrian Website Aids Horse Welfare
Thanks to the generosity of an Equestrian website the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), should be quids in.
HorseIT.com from near Woodbridge, Suffolk has massively enhanced the search facility of its successful online equestrian directory, launched in 1999, and has called it www.Equibusiness.com
Redesigned to provide a quick and efficient service Equibusiness is simple and easy to use. It has over 10,000 equestrian businesses listed from livery yards, instructors, training yards, vets, horse dentists, farriers to big feed firms.
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November 2002

Galway Downs Results Online
Results from each day's competition at the Galway Downs Three Day Event will be posted on the Galway Downs website at www.galwaydowns.com . Competition for CCI* and CCI** riders begins on Friday, November 1 with dressage. Riders tackle the challenging cross country course on Saturday, and everything concludes on Sunday with the stadium jumping.
Over $12,000 of prize money will be awarded and several national championship titles will be presented.
Jaguar and the Riverside Press Enterprise are proud sponsors of the 2002 Galway Downs Three Day Event.
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November 2002
Blood-Horse Publications Unveils New Logo
LEXINGTON, KY - Celebrating more than 85 years of service to the equine community, The Blood-Horse, Inc. proudly introduced a new corporate name and logo at an employee gathering held earlier today at the company's headquarters. The distinctive and timeless "mare and foal" logo echoes a theme first used by the company 35 years ago. The new logo was designed by Creative Director Suzanne Depp and her staff, and illustrated by renowned equine artist Richard Stone Reeves.
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October 2002

Stand No. 111
Launched at the British Equine Event: The New Marquis Supergrip
The new Marquis Supergrip hoof boot, launched at the 2002 British Equine Event is something sure to revolutionise the protection of horses' hooves.

The patented Marquis Supergrip hoof boots are the first realistic alternative to nailing lumps of metal to a horse's hoof. Why would you want to replace metal nail on shoes? Well, metal shoes only protect the hoof wall - not the sole or delicate frog, the repeated insertion and removal of nails can degrade the hoof wall and raising the hoof off the ground reduces the all important frog pressure, reducing lower limb circulation that may lead to problems.
A German vet, in conjunction with a specialist equine biomechanics scientist developed a wireless computer system to measure the forces and action of horses' limbs in all conditions. They used this data to develop over a period of ten years what is now the Marquis Supergrip. All this scientific research has resulted in a boot that not only protects the entire hoof - it also ensures a limb action carefully matched to that of a bare-hoof
The boots are suitable for all types of work, from occasional, gentle hacking out to the rigours of all kinds of competition at the highest level (including show-jumping, eventing and endurance).
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October 2002
Easing Away Troubles
Easoflex is an innovative liquid formulation from NutriScience, designed specially for the management of knocks, bumps, bruises and strains. This unique product has four different active ingredients to help soothe away the problems and stresses associated with heavy work, offering optimum nutritional support for your horse.
The ingredients include MSM and Devil's Claw, which help ease stiff joints, as well as Salix Alba, or Willow, and Yucca Filamentosa to help soothe joints. Simply provide 50ml when required using the measure on the side of the container, and adjust the volume to the minimum effective level required.
Harnessing cutting-edge science to some of nature's most effective remedies, Easoflex from NutriScience offers you the chance of achieving optimum health and wellbeing for your horse.
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October 2002
Limber Up For Winter!
Poor grazing, restricted mobility, low temperatures? When the weather gets cold this winter, turn to a product that really works,#ArthriAID Equine, from NutriScience, features an effective combination of high strength Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and other essential co-factors, to provide a major breakthrough in joint nutrition for horses.
Helping the body's natural rebuilding of cartilage from within, ArthriAID's liquid formulation helps joint lubrication.
So for great results this winter - the answer is simple!
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31st
October 2002

Dairygold Indoor attracts show jumping cream
The cream of Irish show jumpers travel to Millstreet, Co Cork, this weekend for the four-day Dairygold Indoor Show.
Beginning today (Thursday, Oct 30), it offers a prizefund of 30,000 euro, making it one of the richest shows in the country. Riders competing at the show will include Waterford's Francis Connors, who recently won an unprecedented seventh national title, Clare's Joan Green, Tipperary's Shane Breen, Robert Splaine from Cork and Kildare's Edward Doyle.
The feature competition will be the Dairygold Grand Prix, starting at 4pm on Sunday. As a warm-up there is a one-round speed class that is sure to get the adrenalin flowing and the Green Glens indoor rocking. Please click here for further details

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October 2002
Fair Hill International Completes Record-Breaking Weekend
Fair Hill, MD—October 29, 2002— A record crowd of over 18,000 spectators turned out at the 2002 Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD, to enjoy the excitement of world-class equestrian competition that featured the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship, the USA National Single Horse Driving Championship and the final legs of both the FEI North American Driving Challenge and the Triple Crown of Combined Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages.
The weekend proved memorable for Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA, who made his last appearance with his long-time partner, Custom Made, owned by Xandarius LLC. O’Connor and Custom Made topped a starting field of seventy-eight eventing riders that included riders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Pakistan, The Netherlands, and the United States, winning the Fair Hill International’s CCI*** and the USET Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship.
On the final day of competition, O’Connor’s 4 fault performance in the show jumping phase gave him an overall score of 48.61 penalties to earn him the USET Championship title for the second consecutive year and sixth time overall (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001).
“This was really an amazing weekend for me,” said O’Connor who won the Championship last year on The Native. “It’s been a storybook career with Custom Made and all I really wanted was for him to have a great weekend and go out in good form. The fact that it happened like this is a dream,” O’Connor said of his experience at Fair Hill.
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October 2002

Stand No. 179
UK Squad Named For Inaugural Polocrosse World Cup
With membership of the UK Polocrosse Association leaping from 250 to more than 400 in the last two years, three new clubs opening this year and 2003 heralding the first ever Polocrosse World Cup, now is an exciting time to be playing polocrosse.
Nations competing in the first ever World Cup, to be held in April/May in Warwick, Queensland, are expected to be Australia (which has almost 4,000 players), New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Australian clubs will provide ponies for all visiting teams. International tours by our players this year include a Ladies' tour to the USA in May and an Under 21s mixed tour to South Africa in July.
A fuller season than ever was played from April to September this year, with record turnouts at almost every weekend tournament and high attendance at the week-long training courses. A winter league, using covered arenas, is now running for the first time, which will enable year-round play nationwide. A thriving pony club polocrosse scene is bringing more and more young players into the game.
The sport is considerably cheaper than polo, with each player needing only one pony. Teams of six are split in two, playing alternate chukkas of three against three, enabling horses to be rested between chukkas. The field is about the size of a rugby pitch, in comparison with a polo ground, into which several football fields fit.
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October 2002

Stand No. 21
Robert Lemieux Endorses the Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad
Lightweight ~ Anti-sweat ~ Anti-shock
Robert Lemieux bought an Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad at from the Armadillo stand at Burghley this year. Tested at Blenheim Horse Trials only a week later, Robert now says "I would absolutely not be without my Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad!"
Robert had a fantastic Blenheim, rising from 60th after the dressage to finish 11th on his new ride Ivor Mission. Former British National Champion before riding for Canada, Robert hung up his professional boots in 1997. Now aiming for Badminton CCI*** and the Pan American Games in October 2003 Robert and Ivor Mission are looking towards the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
Much lighter than most saddle pads, riders have found outstanding results from using the Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad. The unique design combines superb shock absorbency with Stomatex, a high-performance, anti-sweat fabric, keeping your horse cool and comfortable. The pad actually PUMPS the air and sweat away from the horse.
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October 2002

Something For Everyone!
Excitement, education, entertainment and equine Christmas shopping ......... all this and more can be found at the annual Scottish Christmas Equine Fair, held at the Royal Highland Showground, Igliston, Edinburgh on the weekend of 7/8 December 2002.
The Ultimate Equine Experience will have a full Supreme Equine Arena programme with top stars from the equine world including Sylvia Loch (Classical Dressage), Richard Maxwell (Horse Whisperer), David Lloyd (Western Riding), Scottish Icelandic Horse Society and The Highland Pony Society. An exciting stallion parade from local studs completes the thrilling line up of stars ........... a show definitely not to be missed!
Want to shop 'til you drop! There are over 100 trade stands with all equestrian needs including saddlery and tack, clothing and headwear. Special show offers, new products and the all-new Christmas gift balcony with a variety of crafts and food. The shopping opportunities are endless!
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October 2002
American Riders With Disabilities Gain Valuable Experience at Belgium Championships
Kingston, RI–October 28, 2002–Three U.S. dressage riders with physical disabilities competed at the Open Belgium Championships on October 5-6, 2002 in Moorseles, Belgium. The riders all performed well and gained valuable international experience.
With assistance from the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA), the U.S. riders -- Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA; Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA; and Kebbie Cannon of Mineral Springs, NC – traveled to Belgium where they faced stiff competition during the two-day international event for riders with physical disabilities. The event attracted more than 40 riders representing 13 countries. Among the top equestrians competing at this event were Anne Sticker of Germany riding her horse My Melodie FRH, and Ineke De Groot of The Netherlands on her mount, Ivox.
To ensure fair competition in an event such as this, riders are categorized in Grades I-IV according to their disabilities and follow rules set by the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC). Grade 1 is for those with the most severe disabilities; Grade IV is for those with the least. The Individual Championship test for each grade is similar to the grand prix for able-bodied equestrians -- the highest level to achieve.
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October 2002
Painless Christmas Shopping !
No Parking Problems ~ No Crowds ~ No Hassle
Three Informal Christmas Shopping Afternoons At Milton of Drumlochy, Blairgowrie
Saturday 30th November 2002, Sunday 8th December 2002, Saturday 14th December 2002, 2 pm - 5 pm
Come along, bring a friend or two, and have a good rummage!
Mail Order also Available - Send for Christmas Gift List
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October 2002
Well-written, great-looking newsletters for clubs and societies
Services include editing and rewriting for easier reading, distinctive design, production and printing
A range of newsletter production services has been launched to help time-strapped club and society secretaries produce high quality publications on tight budgets. The services from Slater Communications include editing and rewriting for easier reading, distinctive design, production and printing.
“We understand the problems of pulling together material from many contributors in a variety of styles, then creating well-written, great-looking publications that people will want to read,” commented Royer Slater, principal of Slater Communications. “Our service brings together skilled people with editorial, production and print experience on publications ranging from local newspapers and special interest journals to corporate magazines for industry and commerce.
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October 2002
USA Equestrian
Merriam Wins USA National Combined Driving Singles Championship
Driving and Eventing Champions met in Elkton, MD, to compete at the Fair Hill International CAI-B and CCI***, October 24-27. The CAI-B included six driving divisions, with 11 U.S. drivers competing in the Single Horse division for the USA National Combined Driving Singles Championship.
The Champion single horse driver was Fred Merriam of Newfane, Vermont, driving Gaitwood Lightwing (Morgan: TOFR Black Wing x Gaitwood Leflame) owned by Nick Mercede also of Newfane. This combination recently returned from France after winning an Individual Bronze medal at the World Singles Driving Championship in Conty, France, held August 29 - September 1.
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October 2002
Lisa Singer Wins Triple Crown of Driving Presented By Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages
Fair Hill, MD—October 28, 2002—Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, won the 2002 Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages, marking the third time she has won the Triple Crown since the series’s inauguration in 1996. Singer also claimed the Triple Crown title in 1996 and 1997.
Driving a Morgan pair owned by Mimi Thorington, Singer started off the series in second place behind Kate Shields of Middleburg, VA, following the first leg held at The Laurels at Landhope Driving Event in September. There, Shields won the Advanced Singles division with a score of 108.10 penalties, and Singer won the Advanced Pairs division with a score of 110.70.
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October 2002

Stand No. 95
Stable Comfort
The Stable Comfort mattress is a revolutionary new flooring product to come on to the UK market. It has been well established both in Canada and the USA.
Stable Comfort provides unsurpassed horse comfort, is equivalent to 4" bedding and is a completely different product to the range of mats currently available.
Traditional stable floors are hard and unforgiving, requiring several inches of bedding to create a suitable environment. This amount of bedding can intensify dust-related health problems, is very costly and labour intensive and takes up valuable time that could be spent working with your horse rather than for your horse.
Stable Comfort has been designed to feel like natural pasture, providing the ideal surface for your horse's comfort and well-being. It is a patented, multi-celled mattress, filled with uniformly-sized rubber crumb. The mattresses are placed wall-to-wall in the stable, covered with a durable top cover and securely fastened to the walls, creating a one-piece, full coverage floor. The non-organic system inhibits the production of bacteria, preventing odour build up. Stable Comfort can be installed over any existing floor and can be taken up and used again, saving time, energy and money.
There are numerous benefits for horse and owner on fitting Stable Comfort. Horses with various medical conditions including arthritis, laminitis, navicular and even broken bones have shown dramatic improvements on Stable Comfort. They are getting the softness and cushioning that they need and with the traction of the mattress are able to lie down and rise again easily. One owner with an in foal mare with a broken hock stated 'Stable Comfort saved my mare's life, by allowing her the time needed to recover, her leg to heal and to produce a healthy foal, although the vet predicted she would not survive.'
The considerable reduction in bedding saves staffing costs and space, solving disposal and storage problems without sacrificing horse comfort
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29th
October 2002
A Healing Hand For The Horses Of The Goddess
This month thousands of poor Indian families arrived with their horses and donkeys in Jaipur at the temple of the Hindu goddess Kalkani Matha - the goddess of equines - for a dramatic 300-year old festival.
For the people, the colourful annual celebration is always a welcome break from grinding poverty. For their animals all too often it means exhaustion and suffering - but this time teams vets from the British-based charity Brooke Hospital for Animals were standing by to offer free treatment, advice and training in equine care.
Horses and foals, some taken from their mothers only days after birth, arrived by truck. Donkeys arrived on foot, malnourished and often lame, accompanied by their owners or donkey dealers from poor villages.
The festival takes place at Luniyawaas, a village 30 km from Jaipur, India, on the Hindu festival of Dussehra, just before Diwali. The fair is a tradition passed from generation to generation of equine owners.
Joy Pritchard, Brooke's Veterinary Advisor has just returned to the UK from the fair, and reported a growing problem. Dealers now offer dozens of foals, taken abruptly from their mothers, for sale to anyone who will pay the price.
Pritchard recalls "Foals, some as young as 15 days old, barely able to survive without their mothers' milk, are tied up side by side in long lines. They have no choice but to nibble at the piles of dried grass placed in front of them, or chew in vain at each other's manes. When the sun moves round from behind the temple where they are tied, there is no respite from the heat and dust except a quick drink of water given whenever the owner remembers them. All to often they are forgotten. We wormed all the foals, treated wounds and tried to put pressure on the dealers to offer water more frequently.
The foals are Rajasthan's famous Marwari breed, bays and prized skewbalds, with curved ear tips. The lucky ones will be bought outright. Others will be bought by speculators or even 'in bulk' by a middle-man, to be re-sold at the same trading fair or, worse still, packed into lorries and moved on around the state from sale to sale. Under these conditions many will die from malnutrition, poor immunity, diseases caught from so many other stressed foals, or fractures and injuries sustained during transport.
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29th
October 2002

**** New horse-related mystery released by Poisoned Pen Press! ****
Those horse lovers who are saddened by the fact that Dick Francis will no longer be writing his wonderful horse-related mysteries will be interested in a new mystery/suspense novel, At Risk, by Kit Ehrman, ISBN: 1-59058-036-2.
A brief overview: Stubbornness comes with a price. So does pride. And Stephen Cline will pay heavily for both when he drops out of college against his father’s wishes and takes a job as barn manager at Foxdale Farm, one of Maryland’s prestigious equestrian facilities.
In this pastoral setting, where greed, lust, and jealousy simmer beneath the surface, Steve must draw upon every ounce of skill and courage when he’s hijacked early one morning along with some of the stable’s horses. When the police investigation stalls, Steve uses his connections within the horse industry and launches his own fact-finding campaign. As he moves closer to uncovering a conspiracy masked by the thefts, he becomes a killer’s target in an environment where everyone, no matter how innocent, courts risks . . .
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29th
October 2002
David O’Connor Wins USET Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship
Gladstone, NJ—October 28, 2002— Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA rode Custom Made to a fairytale finish to the horse’s illustrious career when he won the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship held at the Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD
O’Connor sat in second after the dressage phase of the competition with a score of 37.01 penalties. Following the cross country phase, O’Connor took over the top position in the standings with a two-phase total of 44.61 penalties. On the final day of competition, O’Connor’s 4 fault performance in the show jumping phase gave him an overall score of 48.61 penalties to earn him the USET Championship title for the second consecutive year and sixth time overall (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001).
O’Connor had announced that this year’s Fair Hill International would be the final competition for his Olympic Gold Medal mount, Custom Made, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred, owned by Xandarius LLC. The pair’s championship finish was a repeat of the dramatic farewell appearance of one of O’Connor’s earlier successful mounts, Wilton Fair, whom he rode to the Fair Hill Championship in the horse’s final appearance in 1993.
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29th
October 2002
USA Equestrian
Letter Addressing Future Of Olympics Available On USA Equestrian Web Site
A letter addressed to the president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), Her Royal Highness, The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbon, addressing the matter of retaining eventing in the Olympic Program is currently available on the USA Equestrian web site
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28th
October 2002
How Equine Reiki Helped Cloudy
Cloudy for me was by no means an unusual case. Until recently he had been at a very good and professionally run riding school. However, he had picked up an injury that had rendered him unable to work and the owner had sent him away for a bit of rest and recuperation to see if it would help. I first saw him when he had been resting for 3 weeks. The owner had come to the conclusion that cloudy was not happy in the riding school and thought he would be better off in a private home.
There were several things that were apparent about Cloudy.
1. There was a "stirring" action with the right hind leg that would have made it impossible to pass a vetting.
2. He was roach backed.
3. He could not cross through when spun in a circle in either direction.
4. He could not stand with his hind legs square.
5. He seemed generally quite depressed despite the 3 weeks of freedom.

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28th
October 2002
David O’Connor Wins USET Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Fred Merriam Wins USA National Single Horse Driving Championship
Lisa Singer Emerges as Triple Crown of Driving Champion
FAIR HILL, MD—October 27, 2002— Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA rode Custom Made to a fairytale finish to the horse’s illustrious career as he won the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing Championship at the Fair Hill International in Custom Made’s final competition.
Meanwhile, Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, individual Bronze Medalist at the 2002 World Singles Driving Championship, won the concluding marathon phase to clinch the win in the USA National Single Horse Driving Championship.
O’Connor had announced that this year’s Fair Hill International would be the final competition for his Olympic Gold Medal mount, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius LLC. After finishing Saturday’s cross country with a two-phase total of 44.61 penalties, O’Connor finished Sunday’s concluding stadium jumping phase with four penalties and a three-phase score of 48.61 for an improbable repeat of 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.
“This was really an amazing weekend for me,” said O’Connor who won the Championship last year on The Native. “It’s been a storybook career with Custom Made and all I really wanted was for him to have a great weekend and go out in good form. The fact that it happened like this is a dream. For us to win, well, I was lucky enough to have it happen with Wilton Fair, to have it happen again is way more than I had any right to hope for.”
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28th
October 2002
Guidelines For Horse Association Management
Where would we all be in the horse industry without our favorite horse association? Membership in breed, performance, or professional associations allows us all to do more than we could do on our own. Some associations have paid staff that assist in accomplishing organization goals. Most associations rely on volunteers for part of the work, and many are run entirely by volunteers. You've probably noticed that your association goes through strong and weak periods. By taking a look at the nuts and bolts of association management, you can assess and work to improve our own favorite.
Association survival - The best way to insure association survival and success is to get people to work harmoniously together over long periods of time. This is easier said than done. Two problem areas that can disrupt this are: rules of order and minute taking. Rules of order provide a framework to ensure that fairplay" is provided for all in the room; only one issue is considered at a time; free and full discussion is provided for every proposition; minority position(s) are heard; after discussion and vote the position of the majority must rule. Regarding minute taking, minutes need to be concise and to the point. They don't need to detail every single quote and who said it. Motions made must be recorded accurately however, along with you made the motion, who seconded, and vote outcome.
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28th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Aarhus Denmark 24 -27 October 2002
Aarhus Grand Prix, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m15-1m60 with one jump-off
1) CAUCALIS; Katie PRUDENT (FRA), 2) STELLA 153; Meredith MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), 3) LASSERGUT CHAGALL-CR; Tjark NAGEL (GER)
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27th
October 2002
Three-Time Swedish National Dressage Champion Coming to the United States
Los Angeles, October 25, 2002-- D.B. Enterprises announced today the purchase of three-time Swedish national dressage champion, Tip Top. While owned, trained, and ridden by five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund, Tip Top became the only horse to win the four-, five-, and six-year-old National Young Horse Championships, earning a one million Swedish Crown bonus for Kyrklund. The bay stallion will soon arrive in the United States for breeding duties and to be trained and ridden by Los Angeles-based U.S. dressage champion Leslie Morse
. "Tip Top is an amazing horse," said Ms. Kyrklund. "Winning the Swedish national championships not once but three times requires not just an athletic horse, but one who thrives on the show atmosphere and rises to meet the challenges of the world's best competition."
In addition to his exceptional show record, Tip Top is impeccably bred and scored extremely well at his Swedish stallion inspections. A well-proportioned horse, Tip Top earned all eights and nines on conformation during his stallion inspections, as well as an eight on the walk, a nine of the trot, and an unprecedented ten on his canter. His rideability score was nine.
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27th
October 2002
David O’Connor Leads USET Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Fred Merriam Leads USA National Single Horse Driving Championship
FAIR HILL, MD—October 26, 2002— Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The Plains, VA rode Custom Made one step closer to a fairytale finish to his horse’s illustrious career as he moved back into the lead in the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing Championship at the Fair Hill International.
Meanwhile, Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, individual Bronze Medalist at the 2002 World Singles Driving Championship, drove a clean cones course to maintain his lead in the USA National Single Horse Driving Championship.
O’Connor has announced that this year’s Fair Hill International is the final competition for his Olympic Gold Medal mount, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius LLC. Finishing Saturday’s cross country with a two-phase total of 44.61 penalties, O’Connor is one day away from an improbable repeat of 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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27th
October 2002

Horse ornaments
New Traditions Studio specializes in decorative, original and custom design.
Horse ornaments have our original artwork hand painted on each 4" glass globe. Each colorful ornament is different and will make the perfect holiday gift for the horse crazy person in your life...or for youself.
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27th
October 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Aarhus Denmark 24 -27 October 2002
FEI World Cup sponsored by Mentos, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m60 with one jump-off
1) GLADDYS S; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER), 2) BALOUBET DU ROUET; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA), 3) FOR PLEASURE; Marcus EHNING (GER)
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