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The British Equine Event ~ 2nd & 3rd November 2003
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Featured Articles: The Highland Pony
Horses and Fireworks - An Explosive Combination
Tendencies of the Typical Horse out on the Trail
"Doing A Little Good"
Federation Equestre Internationale News

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9th
November 2002
San Patrignon

San Patrignano CSI-A (ITA)
Equestrian sport against drugs and social outcasting

European championships 2005: for the first time the Europeans will take place in a community for drug addicts rehabilitation.
San Patrignano (Rimini - Italy), the largest community for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Europe, will host the 2005 European Jumping Show Championships. The allocation was officially announced yesterday in Moscow, during the annual meeting of the FEI Executive Board, the main decisional body of the International Equestrian Federation, chaired by HRH Dona Pilar of Borbon.
At the end of the meeting, HRH Dona Pilar of Borbon declared: "I am pleased to announce that the Bureau today awarded the 2005 European Jumping Championship to San Patrignano. The FISE and the community have worked hand in hand with all their energy to prepare San Patrignano's candidature and I would like to underline the authentic commitment of the rehabilitation community towards equestrian sport. The entire Bureau is confident that San Patrignano's community, in cooperation with the FISE, will host an unforgettable championship thanks to their experience and a reputed organisation team. I am sure that this championship will be inspiring for the competitors and all of us thanks to the special relationship between sport and solidarity which was developed over the years by the well-known Italian community against social outcast."
For the first time in the sport's history, a drug rehabilitation community will be the hosting venue of such a prestigious event. The equestrian centre of San Patrignano - 110 x 60 mt. grass arena, 70 x 40 mt. warm up arena indoor, 75 x 50 mt. training area - will host the top European equestrian jumping show from July 20th to July 25th, 2005.
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9th
November 2002
Alternative Dog Roly is really jumping for joy
Manchester United Kingdom 23rd October 2002
Roly a Golden Labrador used to be fastest Postman catcher in all of England until sadly he was struck down with arthritis. From being the happiest dog in the world Roly had to be content with watching his doggy mates' race around the fields around his house. Inside he limped around with a very sad look on his face. Roly's plight affected the Clarkson family so much they sought ways to get Roly back on his feet, but after numerous visits to the vet Roly's condition continued to deteriorate.
In desperation Roly sent an email to alternative health specialists 1stvitality.co.uk and much to his surprise received an immediate reply from the company dogs Poppy and Muffet. Muffet a 13 year old Yorkshire terrier, who like Roly used to have a bad leg. Muffet had been taking Dr Tolonen's Nivelamin Green Lipped Muscle extract to take the pain away and recommended that Roly try some.
Roly was sceptical, but he was so rough (sic) he decided to give it a try.
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9th
November 2002

The 119th National Horse Show To Feature Nation’s Best Horses and Riders
Wellington, Florida—November 8, 2002—The 119th National Horse Show, to be held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club from November 26 through December 1, 2002, will bring together the best horses and riders in the U. S. to compete for some of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in the equestrian world.
A Who’s Who of riders who have represented the United States in the Olympics will be among the competitors in the jumper classes including Olympians such as Margie Goldstein-Engle, Lauren Hough, Norman Dello Joio, Todd Minikus and Leslie Burr Howard.
Hough, winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s National, will be seeking to make it two in a row in this year’s $100,000 National Horse Show Jumper Championship, a World Cup qualifying event. Dello Joio, currently leading the USA East Coast League World Cup standings, just returned from Europe with a win at the World Cup qualifier in Oslo and a third place finish at the World Cup qualifier in Helsinki. Other well-known jumper riders, such as Alison Firestone, McLain Ward and Marley Goodman, will also be competing at The National in Wellington.
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9th
November 2002
Blood-Horse Publications And Eclipse Press Release New Exclusively Equine Catalog
LEXINGTON, KY - Eclipse Press, the award-winning book publishing division of Blood-Horse Publications, launched the winter edition of their consumer mail-order catalog, Exclusively Equine, earlier this week, just in time for the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season. The thirty-eight page catalog features equine-related books and videos published by Eclipse Press, along with other quality merchandise including fine lithographs, calendars, vintage photographs, jewelry, upscale gifts, and select items for the home. Customers of Exclusively Equine will receive a copy of the catalog via the postal service and can shop by mail, by telephone, or online at: http://www.exclusivelyequine.com.
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8th
November 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Bureau Meeting

The FEI held its Bureau Meeting on 6 and 7 November in Moscow (RUS) on the invitation of the Russian Equestrian Federation and its President Mrs Elena Baturina.
The following items were discussed, decided and/or would be referred to at the FEI General Assembly to held next April in Manama (Bahrain).
The Bureau wishes to express its gratitude to the Equestrian Federation of Russia for their wonderful hospitality and the excellent organisation of the meeting.
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8th
November 2002
easibed Manufacturer Wins At 2002 National Recycling Awards
easibed manufacturer G.I. Hadfield & Son Ltd, based in Manchester, has won the much-coveted ‘Best Reprocessing Initiative’ award at the National Recycling Awards 2002 presentation ceremony at the Cardiff International Arena this week.
easibed dust free bedding was the idea of Hadfields Managing Director Geoff Hadfield, who invested almost 3 years, plus significant sums on plant and process development, without any commitment to forward orders from potential customers. Following launch into the UK equestrian market rapidly became one of the leading bedding brands.
It was this commitment to the initial development and trials of this very successful product that has now been acclaimed as a "significant step change permitting the use of more of the UK wood waste stream for recycling", as the process by which easibed is produced - all from recycled whitewood – has been judged the Best Reprocessing Initiative of 2002.
This year's National Recycling Awards attracted a record of more than 200 entries and it is believed that this is the first time a wood based initiative has won a major prize. It is also believed that no previous winners have ever had any connection with the equestrian industry.
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8th
November 2002
Hurunui Horse Treks received Qualmark approval
It's not a brand you'll see on any horse's rump, but the animals that power Hurunui Horse Treks will be carrying their new Qualmark endorsement with pride.
The North Canterbury-based business is the first multi-day trek operator to earn Qualmark-endorsed "Visitor Activity" status.
"The endorsement shows our commitment to the safety of our clients and guides, welfare of our animals, and consistent delivery of a quality experience," says owner Rob Stanley.
The Qualmark assessment programme is the result of years of work and co-operation between adventure operators, the Adventure Tourism Council, the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association, the Aviation Tourism and Travel Training Organisation, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and Qualmark. "We are proud to be one of the first adventure operators to have passed through this process," Mr Stanley says.
Hurunui Horse Treks was one of the businesses involved in the development of the Qualmark programme for adventure operators.
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8th
November 2002
National Spanish Horse Association goes online
The national governing body for Spanish and Baroque horse breeds - including the purebred Spanish horse, the Lippizaner, the Friesian, and the Lusitano - is online. The National Spanish Horse Association (NSHA), at www.spanishhorses.co.nz, is New Zealand's one-stop shop for information about Spanish and Baroque horses. "We're a relatively new organisation, but decided the time was right to go online," says president Bev Falconer, of Te Awamutu.
"There is much confusion about spanish breeds in general and with our site we're able to better inform the public about Spanish and Baroque breeds and their origins," she says. "It's also giving breeders and stud owners an avenue to promote their horses."
As well as in-depth articles on the Spanish and Baroque breeds, NSHA breeders can have their own pages or site featured in the Studs and Stallions section. There's also a Horses For Sale area, and a forms and resources area, where visitors can download forms for registration, change of ownership, membership, and stud returns. The new NSHA site was designed by equine web design specialists Horsetalk, and is also hosted under Horsetalk.
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8th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book On Federation Web Site
The 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book is available on the Federation web site at www.equestrian.org. Please note that the 2003 Rule Book is in effect for competitions with a start date on or after December 1, 2002. For competitions with a start date prior to December 1, 2002, please refer to the 2002 Rule Book, also available on the web site.
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8th
November 2002
CSI-A Vienna (Aut)
7- 11 November 2002
In addition to John Whitaker, Robert Whitaker and Geoff Billington, Andrew Davies From Cardigan, DYFED has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
8th
November 2002
CSI-C La Pamina (Ita)
22 - 24 November 2002 The following riders have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show:- Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD ; Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS ; Anna Rees From Novara, ITALY Please click here for further details
8th
November 2002
CSI-A Stuttgart (Ger)
20 - 24 November 2002
The following riders have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show:- Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS
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8th
November 2002
Update - CSI-A Zuidlaren (Ned)
31 October - 3 November 2002
James Fisher is no longer able to compete at CSI-A Zuidlaren, therefore Andrew Davies From Cardigan, DYFED has been invited and authorised to compete in his place Please click here for further details
8th
November 2002
CSI-W Berlin (Ger)
14 - 17 November 2002
Richard Davenport From Valkenswaard, HOLLAND
has been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
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7th
November 2002

Half Price Tickets for Show Jumping Championships
The Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (19th - 23rd December 2002) is probably the most popular event in the British Show Jumping calendar and this year promises to be no exception.

The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), in its 75th Anniversary year, is the Show's official charity for 2002. As part of their support for the ILPH the show organisers, Clarion Events, are pleased to offer half price tickets for the evening session on Thursday 19 December to anybody who mentions the ILPH when booking or purchasing tickets. Clarion will also donate 50p for every ticket booked when the ILPH is mentioned for that evening's show.
The evening's entertainment will feature the Flying Csikos from Hungary, the Metropolitan Mounted Police, a host of show jumping stars, and dog agility. It's a great place to start the Christmas holiday in style and a chance to support the ILPH at the same time.
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7th
November 2002

Western Rider UK
the UK's premier national Western magazine
DID YOU KNOW? Western Riding is rapidly growing in popularity in the United Kingdom
… More and more riders are choosing Western for leisure riding and competition
… There are clinics and shows taking place in many areas throughout the year
… The UK has successful international teams in both adult and youth categories
… The sport of Reining is a strong contender for Olympic selection
… Team GB gained a prestigious fifth place in the World Games finals in Jerez
Those of you already hooked on Western want to share your experiences….
Those of you who are curious want to find out more……
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7th
November 2002

National Horse Show To Host “Wellington Day” with Taste of the Palm Beaches and Children’s Fair
Wellington, FL—November 6, 2002—The 119th National Horse Show, November 26 – December 1, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, will host “Wellington Day” sponsored by Remax Realty with a Taste of the Palm Beaches and a Children’s Fair on Saturday, November 30.
All general admission tickets for Wellington Day will include admission to the Taste of the Palm Beaches featuring gourmet foods from Palm Beach County restaurants. From 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, all in attendance will be able to sample fine cuisine from Waves Seafood, Jakes Barbeque, Tommy Bahamas, Longhorn Steakhouse, Nicole’s Village Tavern, E.R. Bradleys, and Chef Larry’s and Gwen’s Radio Grill. The children’s fair will include rides and games for all ages.
The 119th National Horse Show, formerly held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, features top-level horse show jumping competitions in three arenas plus a Dressage competition running throughout the day. A special dressage freestyle exhibition, performed by Friesian stallions, is scheduled for 12:00 noon.
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7th
November 2002

Heroes of the Horse
THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATER
DECEMBER 8TH, 2002 - 7:00 P.M.
Awards Gala and Multimedia Show Celebrating The Year of the Horse
Featuring WILLIAM SHATNER
HONORING GREATNESS IN THE NAME OF THE HORSE
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6th
November 2002
World Class Start And Potential Programme Seeks More Young Talent For 2003
Riders who see themselves as having the exceptional talent and dedication to win at Olympic level in Dressage, Paralympic Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping in future years will soon have the opportunity to apply to join the current Start and Potential riders, in Selections for the 2003 programme.
Vikki Kind, World Class Start and Potential Manager, said: "We have worked very hard to ensure the selections will be open, transparent and objective, focusing solely on World Class talent. We are seeking the best of the best; those riders with World Class ambition, the highest standards of riding ability and management, and the determination to succeed. "
Candidates will apply using a generic "Curriculum Vitae" application form, plus a riding reference that must be obtained from an accredited trainer from a list approved by the Selection Committee.
Selection will be made by a panel and based on riding assessments, interviews and the candidate's competition record. During a selection day riders will be assessed as a group and individually, mounted in a training session with the World Class coaches, and dismounted in a discussion with the panel.
The panel will consist of a cross section of the world's best trainers, judges, riders and psychologists.
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6th
November 2002

Sentencing of 75 Year Old Horse Abuser Deferred until 12 December
Today, Tuesday 5 November, Ellen Mary Jones (75) was before Reigate Magistrates Court, Surrey, for sentencing.
On September 13 at the same court, she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a filly known as Flannel Foot's Daughter; of breaching a 1994 Court Order banning her from keeping animals for 20 years and a 1995 Court Order banning her from keeping horses for life.

Says Ted Barnes, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "Despite the 2 Court Orders Jones (Nellie) has continued to breed and keep ponies on her property, stating that they were being looked after by a third party.
"Since 27th July 2000 I have visited Nellie's property 35 times to check on the welfare of those ponies which were giving us cause for concern. Since that time she has signed over to the ILPH 12 ponies which were particularly neglected, of which 6 were put down on veterinary advice due to their severe state of malnutrition or neglect."
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6th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Scheduled
The next meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee has been scheduled for Monday, November 11, at 4:00 PM ET. The meeting will be available via live audio web cast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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6th
November 2002
"Growing" Green Fuel Could Bring Thousands More Jobs - NFU
At least 10,000 new jobs would be created in the UK countryside in the next two years if the fledgling "green fuel" industry gets off the ground, according to the NFU.Growing wheat, sugar and rape to turn into "bio-fuels" to power the country's vehicles could help to offset many of the 60,000 job losses in the farming industry in recent years, the NFU believes.
But the much-needed boost to the rural economy depends on the Government providing the tax relief necessary to encourage the investment required to develop the emerging industry to its full potential.
The thousands of rural jobs would be created in crop production, the construction of new plant and machinery, and the operation of processing facilities for the new fuel with the potential for many more in future years. To make bio-fuels more competitive at filling stations, NFU Alternative Crop Uses Chairman Rad Thomas has been lobbying for 30p per litre tax relief on all liquid bio-fuels in next month's pre-Budget statement instead of the current 20ppl, which is not even available for all bio-fuels.
In other EU countries such as Germany and France, the state levies little or no duty on bio-fuels.
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5th
November 2002
APHA

Members, horses, programs, payouts at all-time high for progressive organization
New APHA Executive Committee to lead breed organization's 104,000 members

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), one of the fastest-growing breed registries in the world, recently elected a new slate of officers to its Executive Committee.
Elected by their peers at the 2002 APHA Annual Convention, held Oct. 2-5 in Omaha, Neb., were: … President Forrest Nelson of Meeker, Colo.; President-Elect Tom Elliott of Benson, Ariz.; Vice President Paul Reinbolt of Woodburn, Ky.; Senior Committee Member Carl Parker of Marriott-Slaterville, Utah; Fifth Committee Member Richard Cox of Knightstown, Ind.; Sixth Committee Member Alice Singleton of Mount Vernon, Ark.; and
Immediate Past President Bill Hittle of Hugoton, Kan.
The new committee will lead APHA at a time when the association is registering American Paint Horses at a rate of about 60,000 per year. Since it was founded 40 years ago, APHA has registered more than 693,000 horses in 43 nations. Approximately 70 percent of those horses have received their registration certificates in the last 10 years alone.
In addition, the association has now reached a record number of members, with more than 104,000 Paint enthusiasts in 36 countries.
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5th
November 2002
Galway Downs Eventing Final Results
If the Galway Downs Three Day Event had been a horse race, the track announcer would have said, "And the winner in our CCI**, who led wire to wire, is Debbie Rosen and Gringosch!" Rosen only added four penalties to her dressage score of 51.60 when the pair lowered a single rail in the stadium jumping phase. "This is our first two star win, and we was very exuberant in the jog this morning. He was feeling great!" said Rosen of her win
Rosen plans to do an Advanced event in March in order to aim for a CCI*** in the fall. Rosen credits Brian Sabo for his help throughout her eventing career. When Sabo can not attend a show, she gets coached by Gina Economou. Rosen spotted Gringosch on a video, but when she contacted the owner in order to buy the horse, the owner insisted Rosen come to Germany to make sure the horse was a suitable match. Rosen keeps in touch with the owner and could not wait to call with her exciting news.
In the competition for the Fritz Cup by the Young Riders (ages 16-21) in the CCI**, Lauren Whitlock had a two point lead after the cross country phase. However, two rails in the stadium jumping opened the door for India McEvoy who jumped right through. Even though McEvoy dropped a rail with Seamus, they hung on for the win. "He is kind of deceiving in his looks," said McEvoy of her 14 year old Thoroughbred. "He is not the kind of horse that looks like he can do it all. He is long backed, but he has the biggest heart and will always try to do his best." Eighth in last year's CCI* at Galway, McEvoy really likes competing at the facility.
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5th
November 2002

Long Reining, Showing In-Hand and Dressage Seminar and Clinic With Bo Jenå
December 7,8 2002
Los Alamos Dressage Center is pleased to announce that it will sponsor an unusual educational and "hands on" Seminar and Dressage Clinic with Mr. Bo Jenå of Sweden on December 7,8 2002 at Los Alamos Dressage Center, Freehold, NJ.
Mr. Jenå is a world renowned expert on training horses from the ground using Long Reining techniques as well as training and showing sport horses "In-Hand". In addition, he is a Grand Prix Dressage trainer, competitor and judge. Mr. Jenå has worked at Flyinge, the National Stud of Sweden, for the past 30 years, where he has directed the dressage program and has trained and shown numerous stallions in long reins as well as under saddle up through Grand Prix dressage. He has also presented stallions in hand at inspections all around Scandinavia. If you have ever attended the stallion show at Flyinge, you might have seen Mr. Jenå riding one horse while driving another or showing movements of Grand Prix dressage with horses in long reins or even running with horses that seemed to defy gravity while trotting in-hand. Currently on a sabbatical leave from Flyinge, he is staying in the USA and could be seen standing and running many horses at "Dressage At Devon" this year.
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5th
November 2002

The 119th National Horse Show
Wellington, Florida---November 4, 2002---The 119th National Horse Show will take place at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida from November 26, 2002 through December 1, 2002. Considered the most prestigious horse show in the U. S., this is the first time in its century-old history that it will be held outside of the New York metropolitan area and, more importantly, in an “outdoor” venue.
The National was founded in 1883 by an august group of East Coast businessmen and sportsmen with names such as Vanderbilt and Morgan. Its directors and members formed the basis for Louis Keller’s first Social Register of 1887, and the competition became the unofficial opening of the New York social season.
From 1883 through 2001, The National was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the exception of the years 1989 through 1995 when it went to The Meadowlands in New Jersey. Thus, The National has always been considered the first and finest “indoor” horse show in the U. S., given the indoor arenas at those locations. Due to the inability to secure a long-term contract with the Garden this year, The National’s Board decided to break with tradition by moving the 2002 show to Wellington and its “outdoor” rings.
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5th
November 2002
Galway Downs Horse Trials Final Results
Galway Downs also hosted several Horse Trials divisions in conjunction with its CCI* and CCI** Three Day Event. In the Training Horse Division, Bea diGrazia finished with her dressage score of 28.50 aboard Pavoratti. Time proved to be a significant factor when only four of the seventeen entries made it around the cross country course with no time penalties. Seven horses, including diGrazia's made it around the stadium course with no rails or stops. Second was Samantha Wagner and Irish Blue with a final score of 40.50.
At the end of the Junior Training Division Amanda Volk and Tory Smith were tied for first with 31.50 points. However, Volk was closest to the optimum time in the cross country phase so she led the victory gallop. Volk piloted Lord Spencer to the win. Smith rode Respected Glory. Third by only 1.5 points was Adrienne Hillas on Turbonium. Sixteen junior riders competed and they all finished.
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5th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
Crabo And McEvoy Victorious At Galway Downs
Barbara Crabo of Scottsdale, Arizona, riding Groovy (Thoroughbred: Pencil Point x Round A Note, by Tell), won the Richard D. Collins Trophy for the USA National One Star Eventing Championship, held at the Jaguar Select Edition Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Galway Downs in Temecula, California, October 31 - November 3. Barbara and Groovy maintained first place throughout the event, adding only 2 time penalties to her dressage score to finish with a total of 44.40.
India McEvoy of Santa Rosa, California, riding Seamus (Thoroughbred), won the John. H. Fritz Trophy for the USA National Young Riders Championship in the CCI**, also held at the Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Galway Downs. This event is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as a USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian event.
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4th
November 2002
The Training Tree: Freedom Of Gaits
WAVERLY, WV--When we first start working with a green horse, we get his trust by working with him in a relaxed and rhythmic way whether we’re catching him, grooming him, or doing some groundwork with him in some kind of pen. You want the horse to be comfortable with your presence and with the general pattern of what you’re going to do today, based on what you did with him the day before and the day before that and the day before that.
When it’s time to ride the horse, you introduce him to the saddle and the blanket and the bridle in the same relaxed and rhythmic way, breaking everything down into the smallest possible bites you can think of. The same goes with introducing the rider’s weight. Now you’ve got the horse accepting the bridle and the blanket and the saddle and the rider mounting and the two of you are just standing there in the arena waiting for the next thing to happen. Maybe you’re scratching him and patting him to keep his attention. At some point, the feeling’s going to change for him and the horse is going to offer to move a step. Your job is to allow the horse to move however he wants and to just follow whatever he does.
You allow his freedom of gait.
Freedom of gait means the horse can reach forward with his hips and shoulders without meeting any resistance. That means the rider’s not bumping him in the mouth or pulling on the reins or shifting her weight. Basically, the rider doesn’t interfere with horse’s natural movement.
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4th
November 2002
Galway Event - Cross Country Day
Following the conclusion of cross country phase in both the CCI* and the CCI** at the Galway Downs Event, the leaders after dressage remained in the top spot. Debbie Rosen and Gringosch are making their first CCI** outing memorable. "This is the best round I have ever had on him," commented Rosen of her 17 hand gelding. "He has a really big stride so I worked on control issues prior to the event. We practiced a lot of narrow (jumps)," commented Rosen emphasizing the "lot."
Rosen has a 5.6 point lead over second place rider Lauren Whitlock and Kipling. Whitlock, in moving up to second, assumes the lead in the Young Rider category for the prestigious Fritz Cup. Jolie Sexson led the contest for the Fritz Cup after dressage, but a withdrawal in the cross country phase halted her bid for this important honor sought by young riders between the ages of 16 and 21.
Barbara Crabo maintained her lead in the CCI* with Groovy. Because of the pair's strong dressage score of 42.4, over six points ahead of the second place pair, Crabo could afford the two time penalties she accrued with her cautious ride around the cross country course.
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4th
November 2002

EQUITANA Brisbane
16-24 November 2002
November News Update

One Day At Equitana Is Not Enough!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to see world-class competitors, 150 exhibitors, over 200 education presentations and a spectacular performance of the all new MANE EVENT!

Official Program: The EQUITANA Souvenir Program has over 100 colourful pages of all the necessary event information, including timetables and schedules, enlightening feature stories, the Mane Event Program, exhibitor and product listings and much, much more. The Official Program is priceless in helping you to plane your visit to EQUITANA!
Do you have a horse you would like Monty Roberts to meet? : World renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts will be conducting his Join Up demonstrations at EQUITANA from November 21st - 24th. We are assisting Monty with finding horses suitable for his Join Up demonstrations during the event.
EQUITANA - Bringing the World's best educators to Brisbane Come and learn an array of equine related facts from a host of Australian and international guest speakers.
Special Education Presentation ; Dressage Demystified
:In this special presentation, German Dressage Judge, Uwe Spenlen, and Australian O level judge, Mary Seefried, will cover topics such as the principles of Dressage and what judges are looking for in a performance. The presentation will range from young horses and basic training principles and the scale of training to the finished GP horse and the Kur- the Olympic level.
Clinics @ EQUITANA : Tickets are still available to see Monty Roberts and Ulla Salzgeber at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. BOOK NOW on 1300 364 000 and make sure that you don't miss out on these special presentations.
Schools Program : Due to popular demand we have introduced a second Schools Program to EQUITANA.
Mane Event Update - from Colleen Lethbridge, Director. : With only a few weeks before the show, it is all go with the Mane Event Production. Our performers have been working up a storm, with creative expansion on the original acts coming thick and fast. We honestly have to say that this year's Mane Event is going to be more fantastic than any other! The lighting will be very different from other shows and we have included some innovative "big screen" visuals for our audiences. Plus music that we know everyone will love!

Some Legends Can Never Be Tamed! : EQUITANA and the Brumby Protection Group are giving you the chance to be amongst the first in Australia to own the classic animated film 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron' on DVD or video. Not only that, but by reserving your copy online and picking up at EQUITANA you will also receive a free commemorative Spirit poster, not available anywhere else
EQUITANA - It's everything you need to know about horses!
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4th
November 2002
Galway Event - Dressage Day
The Galway Downs Three Day Event got underway today with the dressage phase. Debbie Rosen took the lead in the CCI** aboard Gringosch with total penalties of 51.6. She imported the German-bred gelding two years ago. A year ago at Galway the pair finished sixth in the CCI*. Of her dressage test today Rosen commented, "This was his best dressage test ever." Rosen is pleased with her positive start as this is Gringosch's first CCI**.
Jolie Sexton assumed the second place spot, but as a young rider, she leads for the Fritz Cup championship as well. With her Belmont Ballywagon the pair earned a very close 53.0 score behind Rosen.
In the CCI*, Barbara Crabo rode her Groovy to the lead with a score of 42.4. Although Crabo says the six year old gelding has been very solid in dressage in his three years of eventing, she did not expect him to perform such a solid test today. "This is his first three day event and he was a bit better than I expected."
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4th
November 2002
Kernan's rivals out of touch in grand prix
James Kernan, riding Out of Touch, won the Dairygold Indoor Grand Prix at Millstreet, Co Cork, today (Sunday, November 3).
The Crossmaglen, Co Armagh rider was one of four to make the jump-off. Second to go, he jumped clear in 34.34 seconds, which proved too fast for Army riders Lt David O'Brien riding Killossery Kruissette and Capt Gerry Flynn aboard Bornacoola. O'Brien finished second with a clear in 36.34secs, while Flynn was third with a clear in 37.66secs. Waterford's Francis Connors, who was runner up last year, was first into the arena and four faulted at the wall to finish in fourth place.
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November 2002
Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Zuidlaren Netherlands 31 October - 3 November 2002
INTERPOLIS PRIJS OM DE GROTE PRIJS VAN DRENTHE (GRAND PRIX), International Jumping Competition
1) WINDGATES KING KOAL; Conor SWAIL (IRL) Prize Money AUDI A3 car, 2) TINELLO CORONA; Albert VOORN (NED), 3) WAITAKI; Holger HETZEL (GER)
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November 2002
The Highland Pony.
The Highland is the largest of the three Scottish native breeds of pony, reaching a maximum of 14.2hh (148cms) and a modern adult pony can weigh as much as 55kg. Its original environment of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, to which it is well adapted, has made it a hardy, sure-footed animal. The island ponies, because of their harsher environment tended to be smaller and lighter boned than their mainland relations. Its winter coat is thick and insulating and enables it to live outside in all weathers. It has a profuse, silky mane and tail and feathering on the legs. The summer coat is smooth.
Its strength, sure-footedness and equable temperament made it an invaluable workhorse for the crofters of Scotland who used the Highland as a multi-purpose animal - for ploughing, forestry, riding and haulage. The sporting estates found the Highland useful for bringing deer and game from the hill and many modern day estates have reverted to the ponies as being more environmentally friendly than 4x4 vehicles. In the First World War, the Lovat Scouts used Highlands as army mounts and they were also used by the military in the Boer War. With the advent of pony trekking in Scotland in 1955, the Highland came into its own and the breed became more widely known. Nowadays, the Highland makes an excellent family pony, as it is a good all-rounder and will turn a hoof to riding, driving, dressage, jumping, cross country and long distance riding as well as being extensively used for RDA (Riding for the Disabled) work. Highlands are able to carry an adult of up to 15 stones in weight. In the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year at Olympia,Highlands were champion and reserve in 1999.
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November 2002
Grand Prix to bring Dairygold Indoor Show Jumping to exciting climax
(Note change in starting time)
The Dairygold Indoor Show at Millstreet, Co Cork, reaches its apex this evening with the staging of the 10,000 euro Dairygold Grand Prix. With more than 50 of Ireland's top riders in action, it promises to be an exciting climax to four days of top-class show jumping at the Green Glens Complex.
All eyes will be focused on Clement McMahon, the Clones man who rode Gelvin Clover to victory in last night's (Saturday, Nov 2) Dairygold Indoor Derby.
However, runner-up Waterford's Francis Connors on Cruiseway, will be bidding to go one further this afternoon and top the leaderboard.
Local star Robert Splaine is another who cannot be dismissed. The Belgooly rider showed his prowess to take yesterday's BDO Simpson Xavier Speed Derby on Springfield Ohio, with Francis Connors again the bridesmaid on Millstreet Miss, owned by Green Glens proprietor Noel C Duggan.
Today's grand prix is scheduled to start at approximately 4pm (not 5.30pm as previously stated), with the prizegiving at 7pm.
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3rd
November 2002

A Horse of Course

A Horse, Of Course
by Don Blazer
Walter, a horse, of course, wants to pull Santa's sleigh.
"Don't be silly," I said. "Reindeer pull Santa's sleigh."
"That's what they'd like you to believe," he said with a sinister grin.
"Well, that's what I do believe," I replied emphatically.
"That's because you're so gullible," he said, walking to the back of his stall and turning his tail to me.
"Haven't you heard of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer?" I asked, beginning to feel I was on shaky ground.
He looked at me as if I was the only one in the world who didn't know the truth. "The whole charade is based on rhyme," he said as a first attempt to enlighten me.
"What do you mean?" Asking was my big mistake.
Santa started with a horse, has always had a horse, and will always have a horse, Walter began.
According to Walter, the first horse used by Santa Claus was a Friesian of the Netherlands. He came to that conclusion because Santa Claus is really Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra, whose feast day, December 6, is a holiday for Dutch children. Saint Nicholas drove a sleigh pulled by a Friesian.
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November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Zuidlaren Netherlands 31 October - 3 November 2002
AUDI PRIJS, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1.50m with jump off: 1) JOEL; Gert Jan BRUGGINK (NED), 2) AUDI'S ACKE; Henrik ANKARCRONA (SWE), 3) CARMEN; John WHITAKER (GBR)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, MASTER CLASS - 1.35m: 1) NOILLY PRAT; Johan LASEUR (NED), 2) LANDOS; Denis LYNCH (IRL), 3) MORNING STAR; Dave MAARSE (NED)
INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION, MASTER CLASS - 1.45m: 1) MAROME; Gert Jan BRUGGINK (NED), 2) CORLAY DE LABARDE; Christophe BARBEAU (SUI), 3) HBC NENA; Marc HOUTZAGER (NED)
PRINS BERNHARDHOEVE PRIJS, International Jumping Competition: 1) LUCKY; Roelof BRIL (NED), 2) LUCKY SKY; Robert SMITH (GBR), 3) GINGER WATT; Dermott LENNON (IRL)
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November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Hannover Germany 1 - 3 November 2002
Preis der VHG Versicherungen, Springprufung Kl. S mit Stechen - international
1) Gogo-Girl; Gripshover, Lutz (GER), 2) Royal Charmer; Fuchs, Markus (SUI), 3) Grandilot; Becker, Otto (GER)
Gilde Team Trophy, Wertung RIDERS TOUR-TEAM presented by Aegon
1) Diabolo d'ysieux; Fervers, Fritz (GER), 2) FalconInternet; Jurado, Ricardo (ESP), 3) For Pleasure; Ehning, Marcus (GER)
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November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSIP Liege Belgium 1 - 3 November 2002
International Class 3, Prix de la VILLE DE LIEGE
1) New York Skyline; Louise Pavitt (GBR), 2) Picobello's Skylight; Guillaume Ruant (BEL), 3) Promisses des Bruyeres; Nadege Janssen (BEL),
5) Aille Guille; Thomas O'Brien (IRL)
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November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Liege Belgium 1 - 3 November 2002
International Class 4, Table A in two Phases 1.35m
1) Hamilton; Santiago Lambre (MEX), 2) Singulator Joter; Bernardo Alves (BRA), 3) Aster; Francois Mathy Jr. (BEL), 4) Saffier; Billy Twomey (IRL)
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