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8th Dec 2001
APHA Comprehensive program stresses education, experience
APHA uses creative new approaches to strengthen horse judging program
FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has launched an innovative new program for people interested in qualifying to become association-approved show ring judges. The ambitious new approach to educating and qualifying future APHA judges involves the "Apprentice Judge Program," an "Educational Judge Academy," and the development of a "Judges' Video Library."
They are some of the first steps in gaining acceptance to the Color Breed Council (CBC) International Equine Judges' Seminar and Applicant School held early each year in Oklahoma City, Okla. People who successfully master the CBC four-day curriculum and achieve acceptable test scores are recognized as official APHA judges.
"Our goal is to ensure that future APHA judges have the resources they need to become experts in the show ring," said Candy Cain, APHA director of judges.
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8th Dec 2001
Chronicle Of La Sierra Cavalcade
By Paloma Palomino
I decided to write this chronicle as a present to my friends, Lucia and Pepe, so they could use it for their web page. Since I'm a rather private and reserved person, this chronicle will appear under the alias of Paloma Palomino, rather than my own.
I have ridden horses all my life, but always inside the arena. For years and years, Lucia and Pepe had been inviting me to join them on one of the several horse treks they make, but I had never accepted. Finally this last spring of 2001, I joined a group of international riders that had also gone to enjoy this "cavalcade", as my friends call their horseback-riding vacation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this "first world" horse trek is run with "European accuracy" by two horse lovers who really enjoy what they are doing, which is why they do it so well.
This chronicle is a brief collection of my daily impressions, which I took to writing each evening before going to sleep. Readers will find many of the Spanish words used by the hosts to name local concepts. I hope these paragraphs help foreign riders have a better idea of how great a vacation one can spend in Mexico, especially when one is lucky enough to come across such excellent horses and superb hosts.
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8th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces Winners Of Media Awards
USA Equestrian is pleased to announce the winners of the ninth annual Media Awards. The winners will be formally presented with their awards at the 2002 USA Equestrian Annual Meeting, Hilton Charlotte & Towers, Charlotte, NC, January 9-13, 2002.
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8th Dec 2001

Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Geneva 6 - 9 December 2001
PRIX DU JURA 7/8 Years Against the clock-
PRIX DU SALAVE 1.45 Mixed competition
PRIX DU MONT BLANC Accumulator 140 cm - 160 cm with Joker
GRAND PRIX LAND ROVER 1.55 Against the clock
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8th Dec 2001

Ben Gill To Attend European Foot and Mouth Conference
NFU President Ben Gill will travel to Brussels next week to attend an international conference on tackling any future outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
The event next Tuesday and Wednesday is being organised by the European Commission along with the UK, Dutch and Belgian governments.

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7th Dec 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
6 December 2001
Children's World Jumping Final
The Final of the 2001 FEI Children’s International Jumping Series was organised by Mr
Eugene Mische (USA) and was held on the show grounds at Wellington Equestrian Centre,
West Palm Beach, Florida (USA) from 28 November to 2 December.
Twenty-eight children aged between 12 and 14 years from twelve countries – FRA, BEL USA, ARG, RSA, LTU, RUS KSA, COL, BRA, JPN, MEX - competed for the awards.
FEI/BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
Ulla Salzgeber is still in the lead with 79.645 points. She finished 8th in the Kür in
Stuttgart with her new horse Ebor. Lars Petersen (DEN) is second, with an increased total of 77.892 points, thanks to his excellent results in Stuttgart two weeks ago where he won the Kür with a total of 82.26% and this week-end in Stockholm where he won both the Grand Prix and the Kür with a total of 82.71 on his impressive Blue Horse Cavan.
World Cup Driving: Chester In The Lead
Chester Weber (USA) won the 2nd competition of the FEI World Cup Driving held at the
Stockholm Horse Show from 30 November to 2 December 2001.
Weber finished the summer season in sixth place on the worldwide Top Drivers list.
HRH The Prince Philip To Receive First FEI Award
The “FEI Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Services to Equestrian Sport” was
established by the Executive Board and the Bureau early this year.
The members were in agreement that this special Award would not be given as a matter of
course but only when a deserving candidate had been identified.
2001 FEI World Challenge Supported by PSI
The 2001 FEI World Dressage Challenge supported by PSI is over. After John Haig and
Samsung, the 2001 edition saw the arrival of our new sponsor, PSI (Performance Sales
International). Although terrorist and military conflicts in some part of the world
perturbed this edition - competitions cancelled, judges replaced at the last minute;
postponement of Group IV (GRE; KAZ, UAE, IND, ISR) until spring 2002 - the Dressage
Challenge 2001 established a record of participation: 10 Groups and 676 riders.
In Memoriam
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7th Dec 2001
APHA APHA adds incentives for competitors at USTRC National Finals
Veteran roper and his American Paint finish strong in team roping competition
FORT WORTH, Texas-Todd Pinkston of Canadian, Texas, and his 6-year-old American Paint Horse gelding, Ladybugs Sugar Bar, roped in their best year yet in rodeo competition, earning more than $43,000 during 2001.
The bulk of those earnings came at the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) National Finals, held Oct. 21-28 in Oklahoma City, Okla. In that competition, Pinkston and his team partner, Donald Hall of El Reno, Okla., each picked up $38,150 in prize money for winning a special USTRC Shoot-Out roping event. Hall, the team's header, rode an American Paint Horse named Time Piece.
For being enrolled in a special American Paint Horse Association (APHA) bonus program and earning the most money in the Amateur payout category, Pinkston picked up an additional $1,500.
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7th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Wilcox Continues Climb
USA Equestrian is pleased to announce that according to FEI/BCM World Dressage Rider Rankings, Lisa Wilcox continues her climb, moving from 8th to 7th place. Wilcox sits just behind Heike Kemmer, of Germany who occupies the 6th spot. Ulla Salzgeber of Germany holds on to 1st place followed by Lars Petersen of Denmark, 2nd, Nadine Capellmann of Germany, 3rd, Isabell Werth of Germany 4th and Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands 5th.
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7th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian New FEI Dressage Tests Announced
he FEI has announced the following new Dressage tests effective January 1, 2002. The following tests have been rewritten or are new:
FEI Grand Prix
FEI Intermediate I
FEI Juniors Freestyle
FEI Pony Riders Freestyle
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7th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian HRH Prince Philip To Receive FEI Award
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, honorary member of USA Equestrian, was unanimously chosen to receive the first "FEI Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Services to Equestrian Sport," that was established by the Executive Board and the Bureau early this year.
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6th Dec 2001
Flaxseed as a Potential Treatment for Allergic Skin Disease in Horses
Recurrent Seasonal Pruritus ("Sweet Itch") in horses is a common complaint with horse-owners, and may indeed represent a significant cost to the equine industry. Approximately 20% of all Icelandic ponies exported from Iceland suffer from sweet itch. The condition is caused by the serum of biting insects, specifically the Culicoides or biting midge (also known as 'no-see-ums' and 'punkies'). These insects are not found on their native island so the horses have built up no immunity to the serum. Sweet itch is not restricted to Icelandics, and has been reported in many breeds around the world since the summer of 1840. It is known as 'Queensland Itch' in Australia, 'Kasen' in Japan, 'Sommerekzem' in Germany, and the condition has been reported in many other countries across the world. The condition has affected many horses across several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Flaxseed is the highest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids, and is fed routinely to affected horses by many stable managers. Although research has been conducted, confirming the practice of feeding omega-3 fatty acids to dogs as an effective treatment for atopic skin disease, limited data exist to validate this practice in horses. By demonstrating the efficacy of flaxseed supplementation in reducing the intra-dermal skin-test response of affected horses, new information will be made available to horse-owners about a relatively inexpensive alternative to standard corticosteroid therapy.
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6th Dec 2001
The Icelandic Horse Society Interview
Formed in 1968, the Icelandic Horse Society of GB exists to maintain the purity of the Icelandic Horse and to promote interest in this unique gaited breed. John Crawford met with F. Pugh of the Society at the British Equine Event 2001. Please click on the link below to listen to their discussion.
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Icelandic Horses in their native habitat
All of the horses found in Iceland today are the descendants of horses taken there by the Vikings. Space was precious on the longboats, so only the best horses were selected. The ancestors of today´s Icelandic horses came from Northern Scandinavia and the British Isles - in particular the Dole Horse of Norway and from Britain the Celtic Pony, the ancestor of the Exmoor and the Shetland.
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5th Dec 2001
Selecting for the Best
© Equine Management, Auction, and Appraisal Services, Inc
January usually brings an influx of articles and advertisements for the breeding season, trying to entice mare owners and future buyers to look at their stock. Evaluating this onslaught of information from handsome stallions to frolicking foals, can be intimidating, but it is essential to realistically judge the strengths and weaknesses of each individual. As horse owners, and particularly as breeders our responsibility is to maintain the quality of each breed by selecting for those traits that bring the horse closest to the breed "ideal." .
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5th Dec 2001
European Dressage Championships 13th - 17th August 2003
It is with enormous pleasure that Dressage at Hickstead in association with Dressage Masters UK, organisers of the 2003 European Dressage Championships, announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has graciously agreed to act as Patron for these championships.
Dane Rawlins director of the championships said;
'All of the team are thrilled that His Royal Highness has agreed to act as Patron for this event. His support is a terrific boost for the sport of Dressage in Great Britain and great motivation for the efforts of all those who are contributing so much to make these Championships a world class sporting occasion. This event is of particular importance as it will be the last major dressage competition before the Athens Olympics. Success at home for our team could well set the scene for even greater glory in 2004'
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5th Dec 2001
Over the Artists Shoulder
New Forest equestrian artist Claire Kitcher, now has a web cam in her studio that enables visitors to her Website to see the latest painting as it is created. The camera looking over Claire’s shoulder, updates every two hours giving a fly on the wall feel.
Through the Website, Claire has received great feedback from around the world, including last year’s commission from America, for a painting presented to the actress, Karolyn Grimes, who played the part of young Zuzu Bailey in the classic film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.
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5th Dec 2001
Producers plan television tribute commemorating famous victory by U.S. Equestrian Team star Hugh Wiley and "Horse with the Flying Tail"
Producers of With Equestrian Tact: The International Video Magazine of the Equestrian Sports are today announcing plans to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Hugh Wiley's victory in the 1959 King George V Gold Cup aboard his famous mount Nautical. The retrospective tribute is to be included within coverage originating from the 2002 Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in England.
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4th Dec 2001

European Show Jumping Champions Win Renault Sports Team Award
The Irish Show Jumping team of Kevin Babington, Peter Charles, Jessica Kurten and Dermott Lennon tonight, December 3, received the Team Award at the 2001 Renault Annual Sports Awards, held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Also recognised was the team¹s Chef d¹Equipe, Tommmy Wade.
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4th Dec 2001
BETA BETA Honour Association Founder
BETA founder Antony Wakeham has been made Vice President and an Honorary Life Member of the association.
The prestigious role's were presented at the BETA AGM at Saddlers' Hall in London.
To mark his official retirement Antony was presented with a bronze of a Lurcher by BETA President Sir Adam Butler.
Mr Butler paid tribute to Antony's hard work over the year's highlighting the huge contribution he has made to the industry.
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4th Dec 2001
Munich CDI - Merveldt-Steffens 3rd In Grand Prix Special
Senior Irish International dressage rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens had a good weekend in Munich picking up third place in the Grand Prix Special and fourth place in the Grand Prix with the 14 year old Westphalian gelding Fosbury.
This partnership have performed very well over the last month with good placings in both Stadl Paura, Austria and Oldenburg. Fosbury is owned by Anna's trainer Johann Hinnemann and was added to her string at the end of last year.
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4th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Weber Takes First In World Cup Driving
Chester Weber, 26, from Ocala, Florida, finished on top in the FEI World Cup Driving event held at the Stockholm Horse Show, November 30 - December 2, 2001.
Weber finished the summer season in sixth place on the worldwide ranking list for the 2001 FEI/Finn Caspersen Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award. This ranking secured his position as one of the ten four-in-hand drivers qualified to compete at eight indoor World Cup events throughout the winter season.
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4th Dec 2001
Chester Weber Named USET Athlete of the Month for November
Gladstone, New Jersey –December 1, 2001– Veteran United States Equestrian Team (USET) driver, Chester Weber of Ocala, FL was named USET Athlete of the Month for November following his victory in the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Indoor World Cup of Driving in Stockholm, Sweden November 30-December 1.
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4th Dec 2001
Chester Weber Wins Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Indoor World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden
Gladstone, New Jersey—December 1, 2001—Veteran United States Equestrian Team (USET) driver, Chester Weber of Ocala, FL won the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Indoor World Cup of Driving competition in Stockholm, Sweden November 30-December 1
Weber was second in the Warm Up class on Friday and then finished with the fastest time of 89.94 seconds on Saturday in the FEI World Cup International Driving competition. Germany’s Christoph Sandmann was second and Swedish driver Frederik Persson was third.
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4th Dec 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Paris 30 Nov-2 Dec 2001

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3rd Dec 2001

The Cleveland Bay Horse
The Cleveland Bay is Britain's oldest breed of horse. Crossing produces powerful quality show jumpers/eventers/dressage horses and hunters.
Please follow the link below to listen to a discussion of the breed between John Crawford of Equiworld.Com and Jean Morgan and Liz Worthy of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society.
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3rd Dec 2001

Lennon Wins Stockholm Grand Prix And Leading Rider Award
(Sunday December 2) Ireland's Dermott Lennon won the Stockholm Land Rover Grand Prix on the Irish-bred <Liscalgot> scooping not only the 10,000 Euro Prize Money for the class, but also a Land Rover car for the Leading Rider Award at the Swedish fixture, which ends today.
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3rd Dec 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Maastricht 29 Nov.-2 Dec. 2001
RABOBANK PRIX, International Jumping Competiton 1.40m Take Your Own Line
AEGON PRIX, International Sponsor Team Trophy 1.50m
MECC PRIX, Jumping Competition Accumulator against the Clock with Joker
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2nd Dec 2001
What Lies Beneath: A Commitment To Understanding The Horse's Hoof

Written by: Kelly Counsell & Gayle Anderson
Professor Jeff Thomason of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph has a foot fetish. For horse's feet, that is. He would have to be passionate to understand all there is to know about how horse's feet work: how the laminae stretch and strain under enormous loading; how the coffin bone and the hoof wall are married by these laminae - until death do them part; and how human intervention from rider to blacksmith affect this complicated structure. An engineering marvel, really.
A horse's hoof is composed of the same protein as human fingernails, but unlike fingernails, a hoof is designed to be the only interaction between the foot and the ground. "Not many animals run on their fingernails, and the ones that do have modified them extensively to do that," explains Thomason.
Dr. Thomason has dedicated much of the last ten years of his life to the study of horse's feet. Now with the help of Heather McClinchey, resident technician, the pair has developed a digital model of a horse's foot. Based on data collected in the field, the model is programmed to respond to the same kinds of force that the real foot experiences. As testing and fine tuning continues, the model appears to be responding as would a normal foot under the same conditions.
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2nd Dec 2001
NEW Holistic Veterinary Helpline
Naturallypaws is pleased to announce that from 3rd December their Holistic Veterinary helpline will be open. (a holistic vet will look to treat the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms and will often treat their patients with natural remedies). All the vets on the helplines are registered with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Simply call 0906 9060493 on any Monday between 19.30 hrs and 22.00 hrs (7.30pm - to speak directly with a qualified holistic vet.
Conventional vet line service available everyday 365 days per year from 8.00hrs to 22.00hrs (8am - 10pm) on 0906 9060494
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2nd Dec 2001

A Horse, of Course with Don Blazer
I'm not much of a back country horseman.
There's not much back country in Scottsdale. (When I'm in an arena with less than five other riders, I think I'm in the wilderness.)
But if I was a back country horseman, I'd want to be a Back Country Horseman.
A lot of horsemen do a lot of talkin' about what's wrong with this and
what's wrong with that. A lot of horsemen do a lot of complain' about all the open riding areas we are losing. Unfortunately, most of the time
they're talkin' more than they're doin'.

A Horse of Course
But Back Country Horsemen of America (BCH) are talkin' and doin', and I'm impressed with both their talk and their walk.
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2nd Dec 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSI-B Stockholm Sweden 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2001
LAND ROVER CUP, International Jumping Competition
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