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Finding The Right Riding Instructor


1st November 2003
Gala Dressage evening
For the first time in its 32-year history, Olympia International Show Jumping Championships has added an extra night to the show, on Wednesday 17th December. The organisers have created an evening dedicated to Dressage to celebrate the sport’s medal-winning year and the enormous popularity that dressage now enjoys.
Top of the bill will be the KUR (dressage to music) competition. Olympia has invited six top international riders, including our European Bronze medal winning team, to take part in this highly skilled and breathtakingly spectacular event.
Raising money to send the British team to the Olympics, the Olympia Gala Dressage Evening will be theatrical, fun, entertaining and with a touch of celebrity as Noel Edmonds will be compering the evening in his own inimitable style.
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Kill Equestrian Centre receives award from Mr Tim Shriver CEO Special Olympics
The presentation of a plaque to Kill Equestrian Centre, by Mr Tim Shriver C.E.O. Special Olympics
The presentation was made at the entrance to the Kathleen Flannelly Memorial Arena which hosted the equestrian competitions of the 2003 Special Olympics Summer Games. Mr Shriver came to present the Flannelly Family and Kill International Equestrian Centre with a plaque in recognition of the commitment and contribution made to Special Olympics resulting in the most successful equetrian competition in the games history. The new state of the art equestrian facility was purpose built for the games and hailed the best equestrian venue the games has ever seen.
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Demystifying Business Planning: Concept, Customer, Cash
By Lisa Derby Oden
I hear it over and over - "I found an example of a business plan, but it really has nothing to do with horses." What is really needed here is a translation from business speak into horse business speak. The underlying issues of business planning are universal, just as the underlying fundamentals of good horsemanship. Sometimes the uninitiated believe that there is a business plan out there that has already been written, that they can grab off the shelf and run with. But there is no cookie-cutter approach to planning your horse business. Your concept itself is very subjective, and there are regional variations in costs and practices. Your concept is your "baby." Be prepared to give your baby the time and attention it deserves.
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Sheila Varian Inducted Into National Cowgirl Hall of Fame
In honor of her lifelong accomplishments as an Arabian breeder and a trainer of great working western horses, Sheila Varian of Varian Arabians in Arroyo, Grande, California, was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame on November 14, 2002, at Fort Worth, Texas. One of only four inductees selected from 450 nominees this year, she joins Hall of Famers such as Annie Oakley, Patsy Cline, Dale Evans and artist Georgia O'Keefe
"Sheila is a fine example of what the museum calls the 'cowgirl spirit,' " says museum curator Jennifer Nielsen. "The Hall of Fame selection process is guided by the mission of the museum and looks to honor women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West. "
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Zuidlaren, Netherlands 30 October - 2 November 2003
HOEFSLAG PRIJS
1) NASSAU; Jeroen DUBBELDAM (NED)
2) LINCOLN; Albert ZOER (NED) T
3) NO LIMIT ; Mathijs VAN ASTEN (NED)
10) GIVE ME REMUS; Billy TWOMEY (IRL)
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W BERLIN GERMANY 13-16 NOVEMBER 2003
CSI**/CDI*** OLDENBURG GERMANY 6-9 NOVEMBER 2003
CSI*** ZUIDLAREN NETHERLANDS 30 OCTOBER-2 NOVEMBER 2003
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31st October 2003
National Microchipping Month : November 2003
The Kennel Club are launching the very first National Microchipping Month during November 2003 in an effort to encourage and promote responsible pet ownership through microchipping as the preferred method of permanent identification. The campaign focuses on the importance of up to date registration and aims to promote Petlog, the Kennel Club’s national database that ensures fast and effective pet reunification.
The campaign will run nationwide with the support of Rescue Centres, Vets, Dog Wardens, Pet Shops and Kennels who will be setting up Microchipping Clinics. Scanning clinics will also be available to help owners check their data entries via the newly launched Petlog website, www.petlog.org.uk
Microchipping Month hopes to spread the message of the importance of pet identification and is part of the Kennel Club’s long term aim of promoting responsible dog ownership. Please click here for further details
PERA
PERA News
There is still time to get your tickets for the Open Eventing Forum to be held at Addington Manor on 10th and 11th November.
International riders, trainers and judges will be passing on their equestrian expertise at the world’s first Open Eventing Forum, which is being staged in Britain. Support for this forum has been received from Spillers, Shearwater Insurance, British Eventing and PERA.
The Spillers Response Open Eventing Forum takes place at Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire, on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th November, 2003 and promises to be an exciting, unique, thought-provoking and informative two days.
The purpose of the Forum is to share training techniques and ideas, so that everyone can improve or hone their riding and training skills. As a result rider and horse safety will be enhanced.
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Speedi-Beet Support Young Riders
AN initiative to help young riders at a North Yorkshire school with their cross-country skills has been supported by Speedi-Beet.
Masham Micronized Feeds, makers of Speedi-Beet, the unique 'ready in 10 minutes' sugar beet feed for horses and ponies, has boosted the initiative by Queen Mary School, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire to build a cross-country riding course in its grounds by sponsoring four of the fences.
The school has been building its riding centre to national levels since 1993 and has relied heavily on sponsorships and donations to achieve its current level of facilities. Its latest development aims to improve young rider's jump-skills by adding a cross-country course featuring a series of 25 fences.
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RV Sales Of Broward Sponsors Team At Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon®
WELLINGTON, FL – October 29, 2003 – As riders align for the upcoming Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon®, one team has not only locked in its players but a sponsor as well. The imposing threesome of dressage Olympian Bent Jensen, show jumping Olympian Nona Garson, and six-goal polo player Martin Estrada will be competing as Team RV Sales of Broward.
Gigi Stetler, owner of RV Sales of Broward, is a first-time sponsor of a Triathlon team. “I did it for the charity mainly,” said Stetler. “And I like putting the three disciplines together – it’s very challenging and a good way to raise money for the cause.”
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Land-based Learner of the Year 2003: Can the equine industry scoop the award again this year?
Could the winner of this year's Land-based Learner of the Year competition be a Welsh equestrian? The hunt is now on for nominees for this annual Lantra event, which recognises the talents of learners of all ages developing a career in Wales' land-based industries - including the equine industry.
Candidates from throughout Wales are eligible to compete for one of two titles - "Young Learner" and "Lifelong Learner" - as well as a cash prize and Lantra training voucher totalling £1,000.
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First Arabian Sport Horse Nationals Celebrates Success
The inaugural Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show made a successful debut September 17-21, 2003 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo., produced the event which is the only national single breed show focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines. Prizes such as saddles, jewelry, artwork and bridles were awarded to competitors in select classes. The event featured top-level sport horse competition, a commercial trade fair, special events and many exciting exhibitions.
Nearly 400 of the nation's best Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian sport horses competed in 63 classes in three divisions: sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper. Class entries totaled more than1,350 with horses competing in an average of three classes.
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The 120th National Horse Show Receives Support from Top Sponsor
Wellington, Florida – October 31, 2003 – Sponsors have stepped up to the plate to support the prestigious, upcoming 120th National Horse Show, which will take place at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, from Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30, 2003. The competition at The National will include over 400 of the best horses and riders in the United States, showing in the equestrian disciplines of hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage and ladies’ side-saddle. The National is the culmination of a year-long qualification process.
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30th October 2003
Racehorse Charity Nets Nearly £40,000 At Plumpton
Morning on the gallops and day at Goodwood raises £850 at auction
Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre expects to be nearly £40,000 better off thanks to a fundraising race day at Plumpton Racecourse.
The majority of the money is raised from an auction. Items going under the hammer included a morning on the gallops for four people with trainer Amanda Perrett at Pulborough, followed by a day's racing at Goodwood in May, including a gourmet picnic.
There were also 2004 nominations to Celtic Swing, which raised a massive £5,000, and to Silver Patriarch (£1,900), as well as a box at Cheltenham (£1,300).
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The British Horse Society Live exports - The British Horse Society demands retention of 'minimum values' clause
The British Horse Society (BHS) is demanding that the Government gives assurance on the retention of the 'minimum values' clause when equines are exported. Recent articles in the equestrian press and other periodicals have given rise to fears over the reinstatement of live animal exports, leading to horror stories of cruelty for horses and ponies being transported abroad for slaughter.
Following the European Commission's proposal, published on 16 July this year, to update the current Animal Transport Directive, The British Horse Society has been lobbying Defra hard to ensure that the 'minimum values' clause will be retained in Britain. The BHS has campaigned tirelessly, and fully supports the ILPH campaign, for the enforcement and retention of 'minimum values', whereby equines being exported must be of a minimum value, thus helping to prevent the export of horses and ponies for slaughter by rendering it uneconomic to do so.
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LSU Vet School to hold Third Annual Stallion Service Auction
BATON ROUGE -The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine began its Third Annual Stallion Service Auction on October 15 and will continue through November 15.
The event is a multiple-breed, internet-based benefit auction for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Studies Program. Money raised will go toward the expansion and renovation of the Hospital's Equine Clinic, including the Equine Intensive Care Unit.
Through a Web site, http://equine.vetmed.lsu.edu, stallion owners donate a breeding session with their stud - either by live cover or by artificial insemination - to be bid on by mare owners locally, nationally and internationally for the upcoming 2004 breeding season. Auction bidding begins on the service at 50 percent of the standard stud fee so interested bidders have an opportunity for reduced-rate breeding.
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120th National Horse Show
Fast Facts
Date: November 26th to 30, 2003
Location: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, Florida 33414
About the National: Considered the most prestigious horse show in the United States, this is only the second time in its century-old history that The National will be held outside of the New York metropolitan area and, more importantly, in an “outdoor” venue.
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Mexican Equestrian Federation Invites Qualified Riders to Compete in the America’s Cup CCIO**
October 29, 2003—The Organizing Committee and the Mexican Equestrian Federation is pleased to invite qualified riders to compete in the America’s Cup CCIO** to be held at Santa Lucia, Mexico City, December 11 - 14, 2003.
The Mexican Equestrian Federation will also host a CCI* open to all qualified riders and horses.
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Seminars and Forums Offered At First U.S. Equestrian Meeting
U.S. Equestrian will be offering a variety of seminars during its First Meeting and Sports Summit to be held January 14 – 18, 2004, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners will be sponsoring a series of health seminars beginning on Friday, January 16, from 10:00 am to 11:15 am with Mark Martinelli, DVM, a board certified surgeon specializing in orthopedic problems of the race and sport horse, who will discuss “Diagnosis of Lameness in Sport Horses” and from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Duncan Peters, DVM, an associate at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, CA, where his primary focus is on performance horses and reproduction, will discuss “Veterinary Medicine: Working with Trainers/Owners to Reduce Injuries and Optimize Performance.”
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29th October 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News

28 October 2003

UNITED STAES WINS DOUBLE GOLD IN PAN AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP IN FAIR HILL
The USA won the team and individual Gold Medals in the Pan American Eventing Championship which took place in Fair Hill (USA) last week-end.
The USA Team, composed of Robert Costello on Dalliance, Will Faudree on Antigua, Jan Thompson on Shared Dreams and Stephen Bradley on Brandenburg's
Joshua, successfully defended their title won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, finishing with a total score of 190.0 penalties after the Dressage, Cross Country and Jumping tests. Canada finished second for the team Silver Medal with 325.0 penalties and Brazil took the Bronze with a score of 1394.4.

FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP
A truly international trio wins the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup
The Swedish rider Linda Algotsson (SWE) on Stand By Me won today the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup held in Pau, South-western France. The
pair convincingly took the lead since the very beginning by performing a high-quality Dressage test (38) and went clear in both Cross Country and Jumping. The winner was presented with a trophy for perpetual competition generously donated by Mr and Mrs Apter, owners of Stunning ridden by William Fox-Pitt.
FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING
Robert Smith wins the second leg of the FEI World Cup in Oslo By Louise Parkes
Britain's Robert Smith scored an emphatic victory in the second leg of the FEI World Cup series in Oslo, Norway today but Holland's Eric Van der Vleuten, who finished fourth with Audi's Jikke, further cemented his league-table advantage.
2003/2004 FEI WORD CUP JUMPING SERIES : THE TOP-TEN ON THE LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 2 AT OSLO
IN MEMORIAM
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Caen Basse Normandie Grand Prix : Beautiful harvest for the "kiwi" Daniel Meech !
If a forecast had had to be given this morning, no one would not have bet on the victory of a New Zealander in the Caen Basse Normandie Grand Prix. It is indeed young Daniel Meech who carries the trophy so much coveted, in front of an original start list, where the favourites had the hard life.
The informed observers had perhaps noticed him at the time of the CSI *** of Saint Lô last weekend. His good performances were obviously not the fruit of the chance, and Daniel Meech showed with best than it is always necessary to believe in it.
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The FEI

FEI Eventing World Cup News
A truly international trio wins the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup
The Swedish rider Linda Algotsson (SWE) on Stand By Me won today the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup held in Pau, South-western France. The pair convincingly took the lead since the very beginning by performing a high-quality Dressage test (38) and went clear in both Cross Country and Jumping. The winner was presented with a trophy for perpetual competition generously donated by Mr and Mrs Apter, owners of Stunning ridden by William Fox-Pitt.
Linda is followed by Andrew Nicholson (NZL) on Fenicio and Gina Miles (USA) on McKinlaigh with 51.6 and 53 points respectively.
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society the first national equine body to gain government accreditation
The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to announce that its British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI) professional qualification has been accredited by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA) to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), the first approval of its kind to be granted by government to the equine industry.
The BHSAI is now recognised as being a benchmark standard qualification, having undergone robust Quality Assurance. All its component parts, Stages 1 - 3 and the Preliminary Teaching Test, plus the BHS S/NVQ Levels 1, 2 and 3 are now part of the National Qualification Framework which is managed by the QCA.
BHS head of examinations, Annette Robinson, said, "We first started looking at accreditation three years ago so we are delighted that our work has reached a successful conclusion. The Society is the first national equine body to achieve approval for this type of examination, placing it as the industry leader in professional qualifications.
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Irish Sport Horses compete at Oslo CSI W and Washington CSI W
The Oslo, Norway CSI W (October 24th to 26th) found Irish Sport Horses being well placed in various classes over the weekend. On Friday, Gerry Maguire (ISH) was ridden by Robert Smith (GBR) to take second in the 1m40 Eldonor Prize class.
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Larry Poulin Wins USET National Pair Horse Championship at Fair Hill International
Gladstone, NJ—October 28, 2003—Larry Poulin of Petersham, MA, won the United States Equestrian Team (USET) National Pair Horse Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International with a score of 137.71 penalties. His sixth USET Championship tied the record held by Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, who finished second with a score of 146.86.
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Top Gun Aaron Vale Aiming For National Horse Show Grand Prix Wins
WELLINGTON, FL – October 28, 2003 – “I couldn’t wait to get there last year and this year they’ve added another class worth $100,000 so we’re doubly excited to come to Wellington,” said Aaron Vale, of Camden, South Carolina, who currently holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year. So far in 2003, Vale has won 16 Grand Prix classes and he’s aiming to add two more wins to his streak at the upcoming National Horse Show Outdoor Championships in Wellington, FL.
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LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to Host Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop
School to give instruction to horse owners and breeders on artificial insemination procedures
BATON ROUGE - The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop February 7-8, 2004, at the school. The workshop is open to horse breeders, but 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.
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Gina Miles Places Third in FEI Eventing World Cup Final
Gladstone, NJ—October 28, 2003—U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) eventing rider Gina Miles of Creston, CA finished third in the inaugural FEI Eventing World Cup Final in Pau, France.
Miles won the Bronze Medal on her McKinlaigh when she completed the CIC with an overall score of 53.0 penalties, narrowly missing the Silver Medal.
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28th October 2003

The World Class Start And Potential Programme Seeks Talented Riders For 2004
Riders who are aged between 14 and 30 and who see themselves as having the exceptional talent and dedication to ride and win at Olympic level in Dressage, Paralympic Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping in future years have the opportunity to join current Start and Potential riders, through Selections for the 2004 World Class Start and Potential programme.

The 2003 World Class Start and Potential riders have had a fantastic year with a number of prestigious wins from these super talented athletes as they progressed seamlessly to the next level of their careers. Surely they are one step closer to their ultimate goal.
Vikki Kind, World Class Start and Potential Manager said, "The selections will be open, fair and objective focusing on identifying those rare individuals that demonstrate the characteristics, talent, determination and commitment of an Olympic medallist?"
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Attack On Two Veteran Horses
Two veteran horses, situated in Powys, Wales have been the victims of a vicious attack.
During the weekend the horses had their tails removed by it appear shears. The horses were attacked during daylight hours and the attack happened over a 2 day period, in a total 3 horses have lost their tails.
Julianne Aston Founder of the organisation spoke of the attack. 'This is a very cruel and pointless thing to do to any animal. The horses were re-homed to their new owners over 18 months ago and both have been looked after beautifully. We can't imagine why someone would do such a distressing act to both the horses or the owners. It was obviously a planned attack. I would stress all owners of horses to be extra vigilant until these people are caught.'
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The FEI

FEI Eventing World Cup News
FEI Eventing World Cup Final: Linda Algotsson (SWE) confirms her supremacy after Cross Country
Linda Algotsson of Sweden riding Stand By Me scored no penalties on today's very technical and bold 27-fence (40 jumping efforts) Cross Country course and with an impressive result of 38 points remains in the lead of the first FEI Eventing World Cup Final held in Pau (FRA). She performed one of only two clear rounds finishing at 8,43 min., 7 sec. before the end of time allowed. When asked to comment on her ride, she said: "When I first walked the course I thought those that don't die here have won, but it felt much more comfortable to ride than to walk. I was the penultimate to go and had had the whole day to gather information and work on strategies. I was so tense that once I was out there it felt almost too easy. My horse was great and I am very happy with what we have achieved."
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Sinclair & Rush Grip for the Revolution
Sinclair and Rush has announced that is has developed the Softex grip cover for the shaft of the revolutionary Lite Lift range of hand tools.
The Softex grip cover provides a non-slip and easy to handle foam sleeve for the shafts of new forks and shovels, adding to the ease of use of the Lite Lift tools. Developed to make light work of garden, stable, farming and light industrial cleaning the Lite Lift products have a unique design and flexibility that allows the handle and pivot point on the tool to be adjusted to suit the height of the individual user, reducing back strain.
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O’Connor Wins USET Eventing Fall Championship at Fair Hill International
Gladstone, NJ—October 27, 2003—Karen O’Connor of the Plains, VA, won the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Fall Championship and Fair Hill CCI*** Championship after she completed show jumping with no faults to finish the three phases on her dressage score of 52.8 on Grand Slam.
“He has always tended to be a little flat in show jumping,” said O’Connor, the three-time Olympic veteran who previously won the Championship at Fair Hill in 1989. “I’d have to say that this was the best he has ever show jumped in a three-day event.”
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society Ragwort Bill goes to House of Lords committee
The British Horse Society (BHS) initiated Ragwort Control Bill successfully had its second reading in the House of Lords recently (17 October) and now moves to Committee and Report Stage (4 & 10 November respectively). Provided the Bill moves smoothly through these latter stages it should return to the Commons prior to the Queen's Speech on 26 November and will come into force three months after adoption.
The Bill was led by Baroness Masham, herself a Vice-President of the BHS and Ponies (UK), as well as running her own Highland Pony Stud and a riding centre in North Yorkshire. In her speech, Baroness Masham described the problems she has, as a landowner, in controlling ragwort and explained how the Bill provides for a code of practice to strengthen enforcement and provide clear guidelines on best practice to control the spread of ragwort.
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The FEI

FEI Eventing World Cup News
Linda Angotsson (SWE) and Megan Jones (AUS) take the lead in the FEI Eventing World Cup Final after Dressage
The long-anticipated Final of the first FEI Eventing World Cup began today in Pau, South-western France. Forty-four riders representing Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, the USA and Ukraine performed their Dressage tests under cloudy and cold but fortunately dry skies.

The Swedish rider Linda Algotsson on Stand by Me and Australian Megan Jones on Kirby Park Irish Hallmark are equal leaders with an impressive score of 38 penalty points (74.64%). They are closely followed by the British William Fox-Pitt riding the veteran 17-year old gelding Stunning and Polly Stockton on Oscar, who are tied for the third place with 38.7 (74.2 %). And the ties don't end here. France's own Eddy Sans on Ecile and Marie Christine Duroy on Crazy Love are equal 6th with 43 (71.3%), only 5 points behind the leaders.
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Winners Of C/O British Farming Photography Competition Announced
The winners of a contest to capture the stunning scenery of Britain's countryside at work were announced today. The c/o British Farming photography competition, launched in July, invited entrants to send in a picture that they felt best illustrated the beauty of agriculture and nature in balance.
The winning entry in the over 18 category, a picture of a cow with calf in Swaledale, was sent in by Gordon Nicholson from Wigan, who receives the £1,000 first prize. The winner of the under 18s category, farmer's daughter Alice Helliwell from Derbyshire, receives £500 for her picture of the construction of a dry stone wall.
The runners up, Peter Barton (over 18s) from Lincolnshire with his picture of a windmill in a wheatfield and Kayleigh Southerton (under 18s) from Staffordshire with her headshot of a cow, each receive £250.
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Enjoy a “Taste of Wellington” at The 120th National Horse Show
Wellington, Florida – October 24, 2003 – The National Horse Show, now in its 120th year, will return for the second year in a row to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington during Thanksgiving week from Wednesday, November 26, through Sunday, November 30, 2003.
Spectators attending The National will be treated to a vast array of activities, including watching some of the best horses and riders in the United States squaring off in this prestigious year-end competition, viewing a unique demonstration of Friesian dressage horses, participating in a children’s fair and doing some holiday shopping at the various vendors’ booths spread around the show grounds.
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United States Wins Double Gold in Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Gladstone, NJ—October 27, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) won the team and individual Gold Medals in the Pan American Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.
The U.S. finished the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping with a score of 190.0 penalties to successfully defend the team Gold it won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Canada finished second for the team Silver Medal with 325.0 penalties and Brazil took the Bronze with a score of 1394.4. With its team Silver Medal, Canada earned a place in next year’s Olympic Games in Athens. The U.S. had already earned a place at Athens by winning the World Championship last year in Jerez, Spain.
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27th October 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Smith Steals the Show in Oslo
Britain's Robert Smith scored an emphatic victory in the second leg of the FEI World Cup series in Oslo, Norway today but Holland's Eric Van der Vleuten, who finished fourth with Audi's Jikke, further cemented his league-table advantage.
Smith had thrown down the gauntlet when topping Friday's World Cup Preliminary competition and capitalised on his last-to-go starting position today with a superb jump-off round from the stallion Marius Claudius.
With 14 through to the timed round it was always going to be a tough jump-off and the Yorkshireman was chasing the target-time of 34.29 seconds set by Jos Lansink and AK Caridor Z.

"There were so many clears that it was very fast and I knew that I must take a really difficult turn to the penultimate fence which nobody else wanted to try if I was to be in with a chance to win so I did it- and it worked!" Robert said afterwards.
He knew his horse had the speed - his victory in the World Cup class at Olympia in London last December was secured with a blistering performance - "he has plenty of speed and he can take the pressure" Robert said.
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United States Wins Double Gold in Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—October 26, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) won the team and individual Gold Medals in the Pan American Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.
The U.S. finished the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping with a score of 190.0 penalties to successfully defend the team Gold it won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Canada finished second for the team Silver Medal with 325.0 penalties and Brazil took the Bronze with a score of 1394.4. With its team Silver Medal, Canada earned a place in next year’s Olympic Games in Athens. The U.S. had already earned a place at Athens by winning the World Championship last year in Jerez, Spain.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Washington DC (USA) October 21-26, 2003
INTERNATIONAL OPEN JUMPER PRESIDENTS CUP GRAND PRIX
1) Aaron Vale (USA); PICASSO S 2
2) Laura Kraut (USA); QUICKSTAR II Z
3) Margie Engle (USA) HIDDEN CREEK'S PERIN
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Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Hannover Germany 23-26 October 2003
Audi Cup for Young Horses Final, International Show Jumping Class S
1) For Fun; Marcus Ehning (GER), 2) Couleur Rubin; Ludger Beerbaum (GER), 3) Champion; Florian Meyer zu Hartum (GER)
Christa und Lutz Goessing Family Prize
Second Qualification for Audi Cup for Young Horses, International Show Jumping Class S (7-8j.)
1) Papparazzi; Andreas Knippling (GER), 2) Contendra; Marcus Beerbaum (GER), 3) van Schijndel's Curt; Piet Raymakers (NED)
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Caen France 24 - 26 October 2003
GRAND PRIX VILLE DE CAEN BASSE NORMANDIE
1) DANIEL MEECH (NZL) DIAGONAL
2) FLORIAN ANGOT (FRA); FIRST DE LAUNAY
3) JAIME GUERRA (MEX); JENTE
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26th October 2003
The Eriskay Pony
The Eriskay Pony is the last survivor of the native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. Its origins are ancient, certainly with Celtic and Norse connections. Although numerous in previous centuries, numbers decreased dramatically around the beginning of 19th century. Eventually, only a handful remained on the small island of Eriskay, which lies between South Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides. The last survivors of this ancient breed have become inextricably identified with this tiny island, hence the name Eriskay Pony.
On Eriskay the crofters continued to use their ponies for the traditional tasks of carrying peat and seaweed in panniers slung in pairs across the ponies' blacks.
The ponies were handled mainly by women and children whilst the menfolk were away at sea in their fishing boats.
Modern Eriskay ponies are the last surviving remnants of the original native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. Recent DNA testing by the University of Leicester has proven that they are a distinct, primitive breed, with ancient origins. Certainly they have ancient Celtic and Norse connections and Eriskays have been
proven by measurement to be of similar proportions to those found on ancient Pictish stones throughout the North and West of Scotland.
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United States Maintains Lead in Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—October 25, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) increased its lead in the Pan American Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26.
The U.S. turned in a perfect performance over the cross country course to finish the second of the three phases with its first-phase dressage score of 170.0 penalties. Canada, who scored 186.2 in dressage, is second after cross country with 301.0 and Brazil is third with a score of 1372.4.
Individually, U.S. rider David O’Connor of The Plains, VA, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individual Gold Medalist, leads with a two-phase score of 51.6 on Courting Danger. Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY is second with 52.4 on Windfall 2, followed by Will Faudree of Norwood, NC, who is third with 53.0 on Antigua.
No eventing competition was held at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo earlier this year and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) decided to hold the Pan American Eventing Championship in conjunction with the Fair Hill International CCI***. In addition to the team and individual medals, Olympic berths are also at stake for those countries not yet qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Hannover Germany 23-26 October 2003
Dietrich Schulze Family Prize
1) Contendra; Markus Beerbaum (GER), 2) For Fun; Marcus Ehning (GER), 3) Mr President; Christian Ahlmann (GER), =4) Castle Forbes Libertina; Jessica Kurten (IRL), =4) Livera; Franke Sloothaak (GER)
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