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30th
November 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
28 November 2002

IOC Executive Board approved changes to Eventing format for 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
During its meeting in Mexico on 26 November, the IOC Executive Board studied the proposal which was developed by the FEI to counter the IOC Programme commission's recommendation to exclude Eventing from the Olympic programme. The FEI proposes to implement a shorter Olympic format along the lines of the existing CIC format.
FEI To Revamp It's Website In 2003

The FEI is currently working on a completely new website to be launched in the first semester of 2003.
Meeting Of The FEI Medication Sub-committee
A meeting of the FEI Medication sub-Committee took place on November 15th at LAB, the central laboratory for the MCP programme.
Golden Years Trophy
The Final of the 2002 Golden Years Trophy was organised in Wiener Neustadt from 18 to 20 October 2002.
The FEI would like to thank Nicole Dekuyper, Secretary General of the Golden Years Trophy for a tremendous efforts in organising and coordinating the Series.
Global Dressage Forum
The second Global Dressage Forum took place on October 21-22 at the Academy of the Bartels Family in the South of Holland. There were many highlights, including a most exciting evaluation of Jerez Dressage competition. The World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses developed a programme, including presentations of the world's finest young horses by the studbooks of Hannover, KWPN and Oldenburg. For many representatives, coming from 30 countries, the presentation of the educational program of the German Federation "from pony rider to Grand Prix", was really impressive and gave food for thought to countries planning their own activities to promote the sport in the future.
Aachen Horse Academy (AHA)
Established in May 2002 as an independent foundation, AHA aims at the relationship of horse and man as a fundamental dimension of civilisation and culture
The primary purpose of the Aachen Horse Academy foundation is to support and promote an international, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history of the horse in society.
In Memoriam
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30th
November 2002

Award Winning Boots are Re-launched!
Armadillo's Award-Winning Invotec Competition Boots have undergone an innovative re-design. Problems manufacturing in this country meant that Armadillo had to search for a new company that had the capability to produce top of the range, technical products. Now produced in Vienna, Armadillo's Invotec Competition Boots are made by the same company that produces components for Prada shoes, Head and Adidas. The excellent quality that this factory produces is synonymous with all Armadillo products.
These incredibly protective boots have been re-designed to be almost completely impact-proof. As before, Armadillo's Invotec Competition boots absorb an incredible 99% of the shock from any impact, and are still the only boots on the market to use a material that is CE approved. The inner layer, Astrosorb, is European Certified to protect against impact on limbs of motorcyclists.

Now slightly more rigid than before, the Invotec Competition boots sport a highly technologically advanced outer layer. Scientifically designed to protect against penetration from knives, this material has been applied to Armadillo's Invotec Range ensuring that almost any impact will not penetrate the boot.
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30th
November 2002
BETA

Successful AGM For BETA
THIS year's BETA AGM was well attended with more than 40 members travelling to Saddler's Hall in London.
BETA president Sir Adam Butler welcomed everyone before Chairman Rob Welch updated members of the activities of the last 12 months.
Said Mr Welch: "It is pleasing to report that the membership of the association continues to grow thanks to the unstinting efforts of our Field Officers.
"For the second year running over 100 new companies were offered membership of the association with particular growth in retail and trade, bringing the total membership to date of nearly 700 for the first time in BETA's history.

"BETA is undoubtedly becoming truly representative of the total spectrum of equestrian businesses. BETA is considered to be the business association for the equestrian sector and the increased interest in membership from a wider range of businesses involved in the industry is reflective of this.
"As well as being a focus for new companies entering the industry, other areas showing growth are the equine tourism sector and services sector, including education."
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30th
November 2002
BETA

BETA Field Officer Role Goes From Strength To Strength
THE BETA Field Officer role goes from strength to strength with growing membership of the association, and increasing awareness.
The new appointment was launched more than 18 months ago and was taken up by Norma Smithson who has scaled down her involvement in the last year, while Tricia Nassau-Williams was taken on to cover the South West and Midlands.

Speaking at the AGM Ms Nassau-Williams outlined her findings and results from her five months in office.
Said Tricia: "My objectives have included increasing BETA membership in the area I cover, to liaise with existing members in order to secure their continued membership by highlighting to them the benefits of their membership, and to provide information and support to potential and existing members.
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30th
November 2002
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A MAASTRICHT NETHERLANDS 5 – 8 DECEMBER 2002, CDI*** MILANO ITALY 13 - 15 December 2002, CSI-A LA CORUNA SPAIN 6-8 DECEMBER 2002
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30th
November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-B Stockholm Sweden 29 November - 1 December 2002
Class S1, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m40 with one jump-off
1) GINGER WATT; Dermott LENNON (IRL), 2) FLYINGE QUITE EASY 958; Peter ERIKSSON (SWE), 3) LASSERGUT CONTOUR; Stanny VAN PAESSCHEN (BEL)
Mitsubishi Motors Cup, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m50 with one jump-off
1) JEROME; Cameron HANLEY (IRL), 2) MILLAR; Koen VEREECKE (BEL), 3) VDL CARDENTO 933; Peter ERIKSSON (SWE), 4) LUIDAM ; Billy TWOMEY (IRL)
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29th
November 2002
Olympia secures prime time TV
Don’t despair if you just can’t make it to Olympia International Show Jumping Championships 19th – 23rd December 2002 because you still have another option! BBC Television will be giving you a 2 hour-long Christmas special from 2.30p.m. to 4.30p.m. on Sunday 22nd December with a mixture of live and recorded classes. Eurosport will be covering the show live on 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December between 9 and 10p.m, televising the highlights of the World Cup Qualifier on 21st December between 8 and 9p.m and showing the Grand Prix on Monday 23rd December.
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29th
November 2002
Record Crowds Attend 119th National Horse Show On THANKSGIVING DAY
Wellington, FL – Thanksgiving Day brought a record crowd of 8000 spectators to watch a shortened schedule of events. The highlight of the schedule was the spectacular dressage exhibition of Friesian horses performing in the International Arena.
The National Horse Show was previously held at Madison Square Garden in New York City and The Meadowlands in New Jersey before moving to Wellington. National Horse Show Chairman, Eugene R. Mische said, “I think we have finally hit the winning formula. I have every intention of making this an annual Thanksgiving tradition here at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center.”
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29th
November 2002
Equestrian Agency Wins Best Event Award
Sporting Horse Promotions, the specialist equestrian and racing promotions company founded by Elain Mellor and Sandy Thwaites, has won a 2002 Corporate Event Association (CEA) Award for The Best Sporting Hospitality Event. This was one of 17 annual industry awards which attracted 75 applicants. The awards were presented earlier this week (26 November) at The CEA Annual Awards Dinner at The Commonwealth Institute in London.
The Partnership, based just outside Lambourn, in Idstone, created and ran a programme of Horseracing Gift Experiences for one of the UK'S leading suppliers, Activity Superstore. The series of days out were run at both flat and jump meetings across the year at Newbury and Haydock; and included local training yard visits and tips and advice at the races. They are retailed on the High Street in a gift box, which includes a voucher for the day out and a horseracing book to provide a quality gift. The tours, which offer a real insight into the sport tend to attract those with an interest in horses generally, or armchair punters.
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29th
November 2002
Aaron Vale wins Welcome Stake by More Than 3 Seconds!
WELLINGTON, FL – Aaron Vale of Camden, South Carolina defeated 29 other riders to finish first in the National Welcome Qualifying Stake grand prix at the 119th annual National Horse Show Wednesday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Aaron Vale, aboard Nonix Le Pare, 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred cleared the final obstacle, a large green and white oxer on the shortened course in 33.35 seconds to earn $7,500 first place money.
Laura Lindback riding Grand Soso 2, placed second and received $5500 while Norman Dello Joio aboard Glasgow, finished third and received $3250.00
The National Horse Show was previously held at Madison Square Garden in New York City and The Meadowlands in New Jersey before moving to Wellington for the 2002 edition.
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29th
November 2002
CSI-A Paris Porte De Versailles (Fra)
29th November - 1st December 2002
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport From Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Tim Stockdale From Roade, NORTHANTS, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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29th
November 2002
CSI-A Maastricht (Ned)
5 - 8 December 2002
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport From Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, James Davenport From Knutsford, CHESHIRE, Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
28th
November 2002
‘Ride a Winner’
At last, the book anyone starting a career in the ring or who consistently ends up second or below, should not be without …. Ride a Winner by Karen Bush. This Pony Club inspired publication, is the definitive guide on how to increase your knowledge and develop your skills both in and out of the ring.
With hints and tips covering more than 40 different topics, you’ll find new ways to plan ahead, prepare yourself and get the best from your horse.
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28th
November 2002
Rodrigo Makes It 10/10 At Olympia
The organisers of the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships have just received entries from the Brazilian World No. 2, Rodrigo Pessoa. The entries for Baloubet du Rouet, Stardust and Taylor Made mean that all of the top ten riders in the world will be competing at Olympia.
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28th
November 2002

Molly Key wins new Equissage Young Achievement Award
AFTER an exceptional season, 18-year-old Molly Key from Chiddingfold in Surrey was honoured with the new Equissage Young Achievement Award at the recent Seahorse Ball at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
The prestigious Young Achievement Award, open to all South East eventers aged 25 and under, is being supported by well known equine physiotherapy experts Equissage, and Molly received a week's training with top event rider Tiny Clapham and the Equissage Trophy from Kim Smith-Bingham.
Molly Key was chosen by the South East Eventers League's advisors, who had been watching competitors throughout the season to find the rider they felt was most deserving of the Equissage Young Achievement Award.
She not only lifted two titles with Charlwood owner Clare Heron's 11-year-old grey gelding Jesters Quest in the S.E.E.L Awards - the Coakham Masters Juniors and the Hungry Horse Surrey Riders ahead of Pippa Funnell - but won two major national events at the end of the season.

Although Molly and Jesters Quest narrowly missed making the British team for the European Junior Championships, they went on to win the Jumpers Horseline Junior Regional Novice Championships at Weston Park one star three-day, and two weeks later, Molly and her seven-year-old Double Act won at Aldon Two-Day.
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28th
November 2002

SkillHORSE - A unique recognition of skills in the horse industry
Sixteen NVQ Level 3 Horse Care and Management students successfully competed in the SkillHORSE competition, which was held at SkillCity - The Skills Show, Manchester 13-16 November 2002. SkillCity was a celebration of skills for over 100 different industries with over 95,000 visitors attending the event over the four days.
SkillHORSE has been developed by leading riders and key professionals within the industry, with Patron Ian Stark OBE; Chair Belinda Turner, Chief Executive of Stubbing Court Combined Training Group; and Secretary Sarah Cartwright, Event Director of Equus - The Horse Event. SkillHORSE also received the full support and involvement of UK Skills, The Prince's Trust and the Learning and Skills Council.
The competitors for SkillHORSE were each allocated a horse that they had to turnout for competition, lunge for improvement, ride on the flat and finally jump a course of 1m. The horses were kindly provided by Myerscough College. Ian Stark also interviewed the competitors on all aspects of yard and horse management. All competitors coped admirably in completing these tasks under the unrelenting gaze of judges Ian Stark, Richard Davison and Sarah Hamlyn, with the added pressure of a huge audience of visitors.
The best two students from each of the three days went forward to the Final on Saturday. Sebastian Hughes from Moulton College was the successful winner and received the £1000 training bursary that was generously sponsored by Derby College. Ian Stark, Patron of SkillHORSE commented "The SkilllHORSE competition for NVQ students produced a very high standard, showing some true talent and commitment to work with horses. The competition was considered a positive step forward in the production of high quality grooms for the future."
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28th
November 2002

World Equestrian Games Videos Now Available
Gladstone, NJ—November 28, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team is pleased to announce that five event videos from the 2002 World Equestrian Games are now available for sale on the USET website at www.uset.org. The following are available: eventing, show jumping, driving, dressage individual and dressage team.
The videos, made available in this country by HorseTV (www.horse-tv.com), recount the USET’s history-making performance at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. U.S. riders, drivers and vaulters won a total of eight medals, doubling the U.S.’s best previous performance.

The USET eventing squad made history at the World Equestrian Games by winning the team Gold Medal and emerging as World Champions for the first time since 1974. Individually, three U.S. riders placed in the top 10 – John Williams (4th), Kim Vinoski (6th) and David O’Connor (10th).
The U.S. dressage squad captured the team Silver Medal, the best finish ever for a United States dressage team in any World Championship or Olympic Games. Individually, U.S. dressage riders also turned in this country’s best performance in history. Debbie McDonald and Brentina finished fourth with Lisa Wilcox, riding Relevant, right behind in fifth place. Never before has the U.S. placed two riders in the top five in a dressage World Championship. The Four-In-Hand team also made history in Spain winning the team Silver Medal. While the show jumping squad just missed a team medal coming in sixth place, Peter Wylde did win the individual Bronze Medal.
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28th
November 2002
APHA

APHA member takes top spot in national team-roping competition
FORT WORTH, Texas-American Paint Horse Association (APHA) member Scottie Hairston and his Paint Horse, Docs Too Boots, took the top spot recently in the amateur category at the United States Team Roping Championship (USTRC) National Finals, earning him almost $40,000 in payouts.

Hairston, of Henegar, Ala., won first place in the number nine Shoot-Out at the competition, which was held in Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 27-Nov. 3. In addition to his USTRC earnings, Hairston earned another $1,500 awarded by APHA as part of its "Catch for Cash" program.
"It's the toughest competition I've seen," Hairston said. "Luckily, my horse makes up for a lot of my mistakes."
"Catch for Cash" offers $1,500 incentive bonuses to the owner of the highest money-earning APHA-registered Paint at the USTRC competition in what APHA has broken down into the professional, amateur and novice categories. The professional category includes Open and #11 ropings, while the amateur competition includes the #9, #8, and #7 ropings. The novice competition includes the #6, #5 and #4 ropings. A $500 bonus is also given to the owner of the highest money-earning Paint in the competition's All-Girl Championship.
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28th
November 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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28th
November 2002
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Announces Series Winners
Tampa, FL—November 27, 2002—After an exciting year of competition in both the East and West Conferences, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has announced its 2002 Jumper Classic Series winners.
The 2002 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, sponsored in part by a grant from the National Horse Sports Foundation (NHSF), featured 41 member events in the East Conference and 19 member events in the West, giving competitors an abundance of opportunities to accumulate points throughout the year.
In the East, siblings Maggie and Charlie Jayne, of Elgin, IL, dominated the junior division, taking the top three positions. Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL, in her last year as a junior rider, finished the year in first place with 206 points aboard Jubulent, edging out her brother Charlie, who finished with 203 points riding Melbourne. Maggie also took the third spot aboard Kinda Blue with a total of 190 points.
Maggie and Jubulent made appearances in the winner’s circle at the Showplace Fall Classic in Wayne, IL, Equifest II, also in Wayne, IL, and the I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid, NY.
In the amateur-owner division, Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, and Corrada proved themselves unbeatable this year, taking top honors with 121 points. Little and Corrada dominated the Conference all year, never faltering from her position at the top of the standings. The pair claimed wins at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the Kentucky Spring Classic, and the Cosequin Wellington Finale.
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28th
November 2002
CSI-C Barcelona (Esp)
13 - 15 December 2002
Kelly-Anne Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX and Anneliese Prag From Elne, FRANCE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
28th
November 2002
CSI-A Frankfurt (Ger)
12 - 15 December 2002
James Davenport From Valkenswaard, HOLLAND and Richard Davenport From Valkenswaard, HOLLAND have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
28th
November 2002
CSI-C Barcelona (Esp)
13 - 15 December 2002
In addition to Kelly-Anne Riches and Anneliese Prag, Alex Newsham From Saint Valery en Caux, FRANCE has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
28th
November 2002
Aachen Young Rider Festival
Lee Williams From Mold, Clywd has been authorised to participate at the Aachen Young Rider Show Jumping Festival to be held from 5th - 8th December 2002 Please click here for further details
28th
November 2002
CSI-W Paris Porte De Versailles 29 November - 1 December 2002
Peter Charles will not be appearing at the above show this weekend, due to an injured arm.
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27th
November 2002
9 out of top 10 riders in the world coming to Olympia PLUS the World Champion!
The organisers of the world famous Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, London have received entries from 9 of the top 10 riders in the world along with a supporting line-up that reads like a who’s who of show jumping.
Heading the list and jumping for the first time in England since his World Championship win will be Dermott Lennon (IRL) along with World No.1 Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and World Cup winner Otto Becker (GER). A total of 13 countries will be represented at the show.
The British line-up will include current British No. 1 Michael Whitaker along with three other members of his family John, Robert and Ellen. Away from the Whitaker’s the audience will be looking forward to seeing Arko, Nick Skelton’s very promising Stallion. Amongst the other British riders will be Andrew Davies who brings a strong team including the much-recognised Captain Wellington. Richard Davenport, William Funnell, Di Lampard, Keith Shore, Robert and Scott Smith and Tim Stockdale complete the line-up.
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27th
November 2002
A Top Equestrian Event
The Scottish Christmas Equine Fair is set to reach exciting heights this year! The show will take place on the weekend of 7/8 December at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Leading equine event organisers, Contour Exhibitions have again brought together some of the top names from the equine world to give visitors a day to remember! With so much to see and do, this value for money, all indoor event will astound the audience with its sheer entertainment, education and wonderful shopping opportunities!
The Ultimate Equine Experience hosts an exciting line-up of stars including top Scottish names…Sylvia Loch and Andrew
Hamilton. The Scottish Icelandic Horse Association (Saturday only) and The Highland Pony Society (Sunday only) will also be displaying their breeds in the Supreme Equine Arena, together with a stunning stallion parade from local studs. Richard Maxwell and David Lloyd Western Riding will also be amongst the stars at the show.
MORE entertainment, MORE education and MORE shopping offering a wide range of equestrian goods. This is a show that cannot be missed!

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27th
November 2002

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to Host Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop
BATON ROUGE–The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop January 25 and 26, 2003 at the veterinary school. The workshop is open to horse breeders and is limited to 18 participants.
This hands-on workshop is held to instruct horse owners and breeders on artificial insemination procedures with both fresh and cooled semen. Proper handling and preparation of semen for transport will be discussed to enable participants to provide this service. Training in rectal palpation is not included in the course. LSU theriogenologists Drs. Bruce Eilts and Dale Paccamonti will teach the two-day course.
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27th
November 2002
APHA

Paints to be honored with All-Breed Award at USDF convention

FORT WORTH, Texas-The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) will hand out 19 awards to 10 American Paint Horses with its All-Breed Award during a special ceremony Dec. 14 as part of its five-day annual convention in Portland, Ore.
During the convention, which will be held Dec. 11-15 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, awards will be given for outstanding performances in events governed by USDF and supported by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). More than 35 breeds compete for the USDF award every year. "These horses have really accomplished something special at this competition," said Linda Knowles, APHA awards coordinator. "This award honors a horse's track record throughout the entire year, and these Paints rose to the challenge."
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27th
November 2002
Opening Day at The 119th National Horse Show
WELLINGTON, FL Tuesday, November 26, 2002 – Hunter classes dominated the opening day, Tuesday, of the 119th annual National Horse Show as it began its first show at an outdoor venue at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Scott Stewart of Wellington, riding Chopard, and Nancy Green Free of Seattle, Washington, aboard Ghaeli, were the only double winners on opening day
The National Horse Show was previously held at Madison Square Garden in New York City and The Meadowlands in New Jersey before moving to Wellington for the 2002 edition
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27th
November 2002

Dances With Horses Update
The fifth annual Wild Horse Workshop took place at the end of last month in Lawrence, Kansas. It was deemed a raging success with 109 horses and burros adopted. There were 65 participants and 8 clinicians all interacting with each other and the horses for five very full days.
This interesting and innovative venue is unlike any I’ve ever seen. Each clinician has a different slant/approach to the gentling of wild horses. The common denominator is using least resistance methods and attempting to stress the horses as little as possible. Sometimes it works beautifully. Sometime it doesn’t. Gentling absolute wild horses is tricky to say the least. The word ‘feel’ cannot be underestimated.
The techniques are as varied as the horses including: round penning, clicker training, human round pen or Navajo Ring, T-touch, and my favorite, the bamboo pole, John Sharp’s gift to wild horses. For an in-depth look at the past workshop click this link: www.horsewhisperer.com/training_wild_horses.htm
I strongly encourage those interested in the future Wild Horse Workshops to consider joining us for a week you’ll never forget. Next year’s location is yet to be announced.
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26th
November 2002
New Airflex Saddle Pad From Comfort Zone
MAKING sure your horse or pony is in total comfort when being ridden, brings peace of mind and confidence that they can work to the best of their ability.
And thanks to Comfort Zone Equestrian, help is now on hand with the launch of the revolutionary new Airflex Saddle Pad which allows total freedom and flexibility for the horse.
Following in depth research and development the Airflex Pad is made from Eva Modified Closed Cell Polyethelene.
Constructed from small hexagonal pads, locked into a mesh, these move with the horses muscle structure, removing sheer pressure and dispersing direct pressure on the back.
The Airflex Pad is totally breathable and lightweight making it very popular with racing yards and trainers. It is washable at 40 C, and has a wool under layer for air flow and total comfort. The pad is also useful for cold backed horses as it provides a less rigid feel to the horse's back.
Used and endorsed by showjumper Billy Twomey and event rider Terry Boon, the Airflex Pad is proving hugely popular in all disciplines.
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26th
November 2002

News release "Online Associate Equine Degree"
Global Equine Academy and Dickinson State University have teamed together to offer the first time ever totally online Equine Associate Degree. Classes offered are college level classes in Eqine nutrition, Eqine Business, Equine Anatomy, Equine Reproduction, Facility Management, Equine Marketing, Stallion Management, Equine Reproduction and Equine Behavior.
Registration is now being taken for the January Classes. You can contact Global Equine Academy at globalequine@aol or view the website www.globalequineacademy.com This is a program you will not want to pass up. You never have to leave the comforts of home to obtain a two year associate degree.
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26th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
Garone Wins Saddle Seat Medal Finals
Devon Garone, 17, of Richmond, NH, was crowned champion of the 2002 USA Saddle Seat Medal Finals, held November 23, as part of the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show in Kansas City, MO.
Garone topped the class of 35 entries with the reserve championship going to Dakota Willimon of Simpsonville, KY. The class was judged by Maria Gilman of Land O' Lakes, FL, Lynn Harvey-McNamara of Wethersfield, CT, and Marilyn Macfarlane of Simpsonville, KY. As champion Garone will have her name engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen trophy and Helen K. Crabtree Perpetual Bronze. Champion and reserve each received embroidered coolers, leather halters for their horses and a bouquet of roses.
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26th
November 2002

Newly Crowned “Miss Teen U.S. Continental” To Make Trophy Presentations At The 119TH National Horse Show
Wellington, Florida---November 25, 2002---The 119th National Horse Show will open tomorrow at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington and will run through December 1, 2002. The National, founded in 1883, is the oldest and most prestigious horse show in the U.S., bringing together the best horses and riders in the equestrian world.
The National maintains an historic collection of trophies, acquired over its 119 years, passed down from generation to generation. At the conclusion of each division, there is a formal presentation of one of these grand trophies to the winning horse and rider. After the presentation, the names of the winning team are engraved on the trophy, although the trophy itself continues to reside with The National.
On Sunday, December 1, 2002, the newly crowned “Miss Teen U.S. Continental”, Rebecca Stone, will visit The National and make some of the day’s trophy presentations in The International Arena. Miss Stone, of Davie, Florida, is also “Miss Florida” and will be taping an interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday and Saturday prior to flying down for The National.
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26th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
De Leyer Named As Recipient Of Pegasus Medal Of Honor
Harry de Leyer, 75, of Dyke, VA, joins Charles Crabtree of Simpsonville, KY, as a recipient of the 2002 USA Equestrian Pegasus Medal of Honor.
The Pegasus Medal of Honor was created as an annual award to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and the sport. Through their dedication, recipients of the Pegasus Medal of Honor have attracted people to the sport and contributed to horse sports by advancing its popularity. Please click here for further details
26th
November 2002
USA Equestrian
Outstanding Performances For U.S. Participants At The Stuttgart German Masters
Lisa Wilcox continued her domination of German dressage competitions by winning the Grand Prix Special in Stuttgart, Germany on Sunday, November 24, aboard the 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion Relevant (Rubinstein I x Havanna), with an impressive score of 77.84%. Several weeks ago at CDI Oldenburg, Wilcox won the Grand Prix Special, the Grand Prix, the Intermediaire I and the Prix St. Georges.
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25th
November 2002
Summer Of Miracles
By: Emily Lineberger Bridges

Auja Maria presented us with a beautiful dark bay filly on June 22, 1999, after a pregnancy filled with anxiety. Maria is a multiple ovulating mare, one that releases two follicles each cycle. The first attempt at breeding resulted in an ultrasound reading at sixteen days of twins. While I was concerned, having read a lot about the perils of equine twinning, the vet advised that we should not take action until the second ultrasound at 30 days. The test at that time showed no babies. We were back to square one.
The next cycle Maria was bred again with the same initial results. We held our collective breaths and waited until the 30th day. She still carried both embryos, so the vet pinched one. I joked about making darn sure the vet kept the filly alive, but we would have been happy with either. After checking hormone levels, the vet said that Maria stood as good a chance as any other mare of carrying to full term. Since this would be her first pregnancy, we had no foaling history with which to compare this one. Through the winter and spring months, we waited, growing more excited each day.
We were overjoyed with the birth of the little filly that we had waited for with such anticipation. We named her Maria's Summer Miracle, because she was a miracle in so many ways. This filly was everything we had hoped for. She was the image of her mother, and the breeder even remarked that although the sire had a star, blaze and strip, Summer was the only foal that he had not marked. She not only inherited her mother's good looks, she also was blessed with her disposition. Summer was imprinted with her mother standing by, without any restraint. That is typical of Maria - always trusting that her people will do the right thing
When Summer was two months old, I decided to let her experience life with the other horses in the big pasture. Up until that time, she had grazed beside her mother and two other horses in a smaller pasture. For several weeks, the days were without incident, and I felt especially content as I drove away one sunny morning for a trip to the grocery store and post office.
I returned about one and one-half hours later and did not go immediately to check on Summer on her first day in the big pasture. I could see all the horses from my kitchen door and they were quietly grazing. It was about an hour before I grabbed carrots for the grownups and headed up the hill.
As I approached, I noticed blood on Summer's leg. I began to move faster toward her and was sickened at what I saw - most of the skin on her forehead hung loosely down between her eyes and blood was oozing. Trying to remain calm, I headed back to the barn as fast as I could. Maria, being the obedient horse that she is, followed along behind me with Summer by her side.
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25th
November 2002
Dressage Result: CDI***Stuttgart Germany 20-24 November 2002
YORN FASHION German Master,
Dressage Grand Prix Special

1) Relevant; Wilcox, Lisa M. (USA) , 2) Beauvalais; Ferrer-Salat, Beatriz (ESP) , 3) FBW Kennedy; Jorgens, Lone (DEN)
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24th
November 2002

Slinging away the blues.
Using a sling to mend a broken leg proves uncommon but successful
Fracture repair in horses can be a frustrating experience. Long term use of a full body sling for fracture repair is unusual as very few horses can adapt to it. But one tenacious patient conquered a potentially fatal fracture with the help of her devoted owners, top-notch surgeons, and expert post-operative care-while slung from the ceiling for three-and-a half months!
This was the case of Kyra, a 20- month-old Trakhaner filly, who suffered a broken leg after a paddock accident in January 2002. She was brought to the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph where a team led by surgeon Dr. Antonio Cruz treated her.
"The fracture was a challenging one to repair because it was very close to the knee and was displaced and had many fragments," said Dr. Cruz.
After a lengthy discussion with the surgical team, owners Kevlynn and Barb Sacrey of Waterloo decided to proceed with a transfixation cast, a technique that involves steel pins being placed side to side above the fracture site and incorporated into a whole leg cast.
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24th
November 2002

119th National Horse Show
Fast Facts
What: The 119th National Horse Show – America’s oldest horse show. The National is America’s most prestigious year-end championship show, offering the country’s top horses and riders a chance to decide the ultimate champions.
When: Tuesday, November 26 – Sunday, December 1, 2002.
Where: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center, Wellington, FL.
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24th
November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CDI***Stuttgart Germany 20-24 November 2002
Preis der Firma Stihl, Dressage Grand Prix
1) Farbenfroh; Capellmann, Nadine (GER), 2) Relevant; Wilcox, Lisa M. (USA), 3) Beauvalais; Ferrer-Salat, Beatriz (ESP)
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24th
November 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Stuttgart Germany 20-24 November 2002
Ladies German Master, International Jumping Competition with two Rounds
1) Donnerlitchen; Michaels-Beerbaum, Meredith (GER), 2) Hoorn, Angelique (NED), 3) Irco Sun; Baryard, Malin (SWE)
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