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Featured Articles: Mixed courses for horses: research shows the benefits of a varied diet in stables
The Training Tree: Contact
The Abaco Wild Horse
Summer Of Miracles By: Emily Lineberger Bridges
Federation Equestre Internationale News

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14th
December 2002
Anky Van Grunsven - What a coup for Equus!

Equus 2003 will amaze visitors with the programme for the Main Arena; never before have so many top names from such a range of disciplines been seen at the same event. Equus is making giant steps forward in becoming a showcase for the sport, providing the opportunity to see the leading riders with fantastic clinics, displays and entertainment across all areas of equestrianism.
The latest rider to confirm their appearance at Equus is Olympic Gold Medallist 2000 and Rider of the Century 2000; Anky van Grunsven.
Anky, winner of an Olympic Gold Medal and 3 Olympic Silver medals as well as being 5 times World Cup Winner, will be bringing a selection of stars from her stable and showing the training involved in producing a youngster to advanced level
"We are delighted that Anky will be joining us - we consider it a great honour that she has chosen Equus as her South of England venue this year, particularly as she has only ever hosted one other clinic in the UK to date." claims Event Director Sarah Cartwright.
An Evening with Anky takes place on Saturday 5th April and completes the trio of evening clinics at Equus. Pippa Funnell, Badminton Winner, and Eventing Olympic Team Silver Medallist will host Thursday evening's clinic and the entertaining Olympic showjumper, Geoff Billington with his infamous work partner It's Otto who, recently retired, will no doubt hope to steal the limelight on Friday.
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14th
December 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
12 December 2002

FEI WORLD CHILDREN’S FINAL
The 2002 Final of the Children’s worldwide Jumping series took place from 3 to 8 December, at the show grounds of the Brasilia’s Equestrian Society.
Representing Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Russia, Belgium and Lithuania thirty-one riders aged 12 to 14 years participated. Twelve-year-old Maíra Machado Frota Pinheiro from São Paulo (BRA) riding Astucia was declared the winner of the Children’s World Final following an exciting jump-off involving seven riders.
WORLD CUP DRIVING DEBUT FOR GENEVA (SUI)
Switzerland’s Geneva International Horse Show will host the FEI World Cup Driving for the first time from 12 to 15 December 2002. The 42nd edition of Switzerland¹s prominent horse show takes place in Europe’s biggest indoor arena (51 x 98 meters). The course includes a water splash and a small hill to guarantee spectacular moments for the four-in-hand drivers and the crowd.
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FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING
Two Beerbaum’s in the lead
The FEI World Cup Jumping in the Western European League resumes this week-end in Geneva. The World Cup Competition in the huge Palexpo arena is scheduled for Sunday 15 December 2002 at 14:15. Geneva is the 6th of 14 World Cup competitions in Western Europe.
NEW MANAGER FOR THE FEI ENDURANCE DEPARTMENT
The FEI is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Williams (GBR) as future Manager of the FEI Endurance Department following the promotion of Michael Stone to the position of FEI Sports Director.
IN MEMORIAM
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14th
December 2002

75 Year Old Habitual Horse Abuser Escapes Prison
Today, Thursday 12th December, at Reigate Magistrates Court, Ellen Mary Jones (75) from Lingfield, Surrey, was given a 3 year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 to the RSPCA and £1,500 legal costs for causing unnecessary suffering to a 2 year old filly and breaching two Court bans.
On September 13 she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the filly known as Flannel Foot's Daughter; of breaching a 1994 Court Order banning her from keeping animals for 20 years and a 1995 Court Order banning her from keeping horses for life.

Says Ted Barnes, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "Jones is an habitual horse abuser and despite being found guilty in September for the 4th time for horse abuse escaped prison on a Court technicality.
"We can only hope and pray that now she no longer horses has horses on the farm this will be the end to a long and sad saga. "

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14th
December 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Frankfurt Germany 12-15 December 2002
Class 8 - Group B, International Jumping Competition
1) L.B. OMAR; Manfred MARSCHALL (GER), 2) CATELLA A.W; Alois POLLMANN-SCHWECKHORST (GER), 3) ADIAMO; Andreas BRENNER (GER)
Class 1, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m45 against the clock
1) CANTARO 11; Soren VON RONNE (GER), 2) WARREN NRW; Lutz GRIPSHOVER (GER), 3) EXPLOSIV 2; Hugo SIMON (AUT)
Lotto Hessen ODDSET-Cup. International Jumping Competition
1) JASMIJN; Holger WULSCHNER (GER), 2) REAGEN 1; Andreas BRENNER (GER), 3) VDL GROEP MISTIEKE; Leopold VAN ASTEN (NED)
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14th
December 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-B Milano Italy 13-15 December 2002
Premio n. 1 "CASINO' DI CAMPIONE" - CM. 135 del 13/12/02, Competition in Two Phases (art. 284.2.3)
1) MARMORA; BROTTO, FABIO (ITA), 2) LADY ORION; SAKAKINI, ANDRE' (EGY), 3) CHALLENGER 16 ; VOORN, ALBERT (NED), 4) SPRINGFIELD OHIO; SPLAINE, ROBERT (IRL)
Premio n. 2 "MERCEDES BENZ" - CM. 140 del 13/12/02, International Mixed Competition
1) TRUE HERO; BEVIS, ROBERT (GBR), 2) ASKOLL DEFI PLATIERE; CHIMIRRI, VINCENZO (ITA), 3) COOLCORRON COOL DIAMOND; SPLAINE, ROBERT (IRL)
Premio n. 3 "BANCA DEL GOTTARDO" - CM. 140 del 14/12/02, International Jumping Competition Against the Clock (art. 238.2.A2)
1) WINDGATES KING KOAL; SWAIL, CONOR (IRL), 2) LORO PIANA DIME DE LA COUR; ARIOLDI, ROBERTO (ITA), 3) LOHENGRIN DI VILLA EMILIA; CRISTOFOLETTI, ROBERTO (ITA)
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13th
December 2002
Rural Affairs Minister to address 2003 National Equine Forum
The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP Minister for Rural Affairs DEFRA will join a prestigious programme of speakers at the annual National Equine Forum to be held on Thursday 27th March 2003.
Renowned for its thought-provoking perspectives on a wide range of veterinary and general equestrian matters, the National Equine Forum is the only independent conference for the horse world in the UK. It was founded in 1993 to provide an annual opportunity for communication in both directions between the grass roots administration of the horse world and those that influence decision making in government, industry and research in relation to horses and ponies.
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13th
December 2002

Horse Welfare Charity Outraged at Magistrates' Decision
"To return an animal to its abuser is another welfare disaster waiting to happen."
Yesterday 11th December at Swaffham Magistrates Court in Norfolk, Rita Jones of Diss, Norfolk was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Dolly a black infoal mare in her possession and was fined £50 and charged £60 costs.

Says Jonathon Jackson (Jacko) a Field Officer for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "We are appalled that the Court having found Jones guilty should see fit to return the mare and foal to her. Understandably our stable staff who nursed the mare when she came in to us, are absolutely gutted."
In February this year, following a complaint to the ILPH, Jacko was called to Mission Road, Diss where he found a lice infested, severely emaciated mare on a tether. She was described in court by veterinary surgeon, Andy Williamson, as 'grossly emaciated and in a depressed and lethargic condition'.
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12th
December 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Releases Governance Document
USA Equestrian today released a comprehensive report on the sport's governance in preparation for a meeting with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Membership and Credentials Committee in Miami, Florida, this Saturday. USA Equestrian is the National Federation for the sport, as recognized by its International Federation, the FEI, headquartered in Switzerland.
The lengthy document was prepared in response to inquiries from the USOC in a letter dated November 25, 2002, announcing the meeting and inviting the Federation to respond.
In addition, USA Equestrian released a letter dated December 9, 2002, requesting details and making suggestions about the format of the upcoming meeting, to which it has received no response as yet.
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12th
December 2002
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W GENEVA SWITZERLAND 12 - 15 DECEMBER 2002 , CSI-W OLYMPIA ENGLAND 19 - 23 DECEMBER 2002
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11th
December 2002
Record Crowds at National Horse Show Witness the Magic of the Friesian Quadrille
Wellington, Florida-- When the announcement was made that the prestigious National Horse Show was moving from its home in Madison Square Garden many enthusiasts wondered whether the magic of the old event could be replicated in the new locale of Florida. It appears that the doubters should not have worried. More than 50,000 spectators witnessed some of the best riding in the country from November 26- December 1. Among the attractions was "The Romance of the Carousel," a quadrille of eight Friesians and their riders that gave four performances to music for the enthusiastic fans.

"When it was announced that the National Horse Show was moving from Madison Square Garden to Wellington, I was ecstatic!" said Shaana Pritchard, who approached Gene Mische, President of Stadium Jumping Inc., about providing entertainment for the 119th National Horse Show. "I remember the excitement I had felt as a young girl each and every time we would go to New York City and be part of the festivities surrounding the horse show. I always dreamed of one day riding at the Garden. That dream came true-- albeit many years later, and in, of all places, Wellington, Florida."
Ms. Pritchard is a member of the United States Dressage Federation Freestyle Committee and owner of Frieze Frame Friesians. In just a few short weeks Ms. Pritchard put together a group of eight riders and eight horses from several states, designed the performances, and worked with Equisong.com to provide a moving musical score for the powerful black horses. "The troupe had never before performed together," Ms. Pritchard said. "But I had great confidence in my riders." Her confidence was justified. The performances were met by cheering crowds that came to their feet as the bejeweled horses performed difficult maneuvers in unison including the 360-degree pinwheel.
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11th
December 2002

Trail Riding Book
Everything you need to know to be a backcountry trail rider-including how to handle the unexpected and how NOT to get lost-is in Horse Sense for the Trail Rider. Written and illustrated by Melinda Codling for the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCH), the l00-page book covers camping with your horse, riding difficult terrain, common sense courtesies, what to carry in your saddle bags and emergency first aid..
"Whether you are riding local trails or unexplored country, this book is the one you need. It explains in detail what to do and what not to do as a safe and sane trail rider. It could save your life," says Don Blazer, noted author and trainer.
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11th
December 2002
USA Equestrian
New Rule For Eventing Headgear
Beginning January 1, competitors at all levels of eventing, from beginner novice through advanced, must wear properly fitting protective headgear, passing or surpassing current applicable ASTM / SEI standards with harness secured while jumping any obstacle.
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10th
December 2002
The Wellington Equestrian Alliance Announces The $25,000 Wellington Equus Medal
Wellington, Florida – December 9, 2002 – Showdown in Wellington: some of the most famous riders in the U.S. will square off against one another at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 in The Internationale Arena at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The prize: a $25,000 purse, tack room curtains, coolers and the maintenance of one’s delicate ego. The challenge: a 3’6” USAEq Medal Class judged on a rider’s equitation abilities by a jury of his/her peers.
The brainchild of former U.S. Olympic team member Mason Phelps, Jr. and partner Beverly Lake Wilkes, The Equus Medal will be run in accordance with USA Equestrian Hunt Seat Medal Rules. The emphasis will be on the rider, rather than the horse --- a rider must display a perfect position in the saddle on the flat and over fences, as well as a mastery of his/her horse’s movements. For example, riders may be required by the judges to ride without stirrups or to jump course on a competitor’s horse.
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10th
December 2002
Morrisey and Gay Win Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Year-End Championship
Tampa, FL—December 9, 2002—In the first ever Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series year-end finals held at the National Horse Show in Wellington, FL, Michael Morrissey and Summer Gay emerged as the Junior and Amateur-Owner Champions. Each bested a field of the nation’s top riders and horses who had qualified for the Finals based on their performances in the Series throughout the year.
Morrisey, of Bradenton, FL, rode Eugene R. Mische’s Gera 28 to the win by topping a starting field of 16 horse-and-rider combinations in the $15,000 BET Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Championship. Morrissey produced two clear rounds on the day and crossed through the timers with the fastest time in the jump-off of 42.470 seconds.
Only four horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear over the first round course, which was made up of twelve obstacles. Morrissey and the brother-and-sister duo of Maggie and Charlie Jayne were the only riders to qualify to ride over the shortened jump-off course. Charlie Jayne also produced two clear rounds on the day aboard Champion but his time of 43.905 seconds put him in second place. Maggie Jayne aboard Kinda Blue and Charlie Jayne aboard his other mount, Melbourne, each dropped one rail in the jump-off to put them in third and fourth place.
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9th
December 2002
Abaco Wild Horses
The Abaco Wild Horse.
GREAT ABACO, BAHAMAS...Once, they were a mighty herd, perhaps 200 strong: pinto, bay and roan horses rippling through thousands of acres of pine forest. They were as free as the sea winds that blew across the island they had conquered.
Their origins remained unclear until 1998. It was thought that some of their ancestors came from domestic animals brought by English Loyalists who abandoned North America during the American Revolution. When some of the colonizing attempts failed, the horses were turned loose and left behind.
Others were thought to have come with the logging operations that cleared Wilson city in the south of Great Abaco and Norman's Castle in the north. And these logging horses may have come from Cuba. When the logging company clear-cut itself into oblivion, the horses were abandoned.
Abaco
In 1998 it was discovered that the horses probably are Spanish Barbs. Pending DNA testing, it is 99% certain that they are genetically pure - having been 'untampered' with for over 250 years. The pine forests of Abaco are something few visitors know exist.
In the Bahamas, the Caribbean pines (Pinus caribaea), exist only on Grand Bahama, Andros, Abaco and New Providence Islands. On Abaco, the forests provided a home for the tough, romantic and equally rare wild Spanish Barb horses.
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9th
December 2002
Why Can't I Keep Good Employees?
Does this sound familiar: "I have a small stable. Originally I did all the work myself, but now that I have two small kids I've hired instructors to help. I'm having a problem with turnover with the instructors I've hired. Pay is not the problem, as I pay quite well. One of the instructors decided on another line of work, and another's husband was transferred in his job. The parents of the children that ride here want the consistency of one instructor for their child. They've been getting upset with this turnover. Why can't I keep good help?"
There are several issues raised in this scenario, and no one quick fix solution will do the trick here. Changes in operational policy, employee relations, and customer service are at issue. Employee relations are a multi-faceted topic in any scenario. An examination of management basics sheds light on this issue however.
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9th
December 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A La Coruna Spain 6-8 December 2002
CAIXA GALICIA TROPHY · Big Class
Competition TWO PHASES (A1-A2) 1.50 m
1) NIKITA; SARASOLA MARULANDA , Fernando (ESP), 2) FIDJI D'EVORDES; BREUL, Robert (FRA), 3) LARIUS W; MEYER ZU HARTUM, Florian (GER)
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8th
December 2002
The Riding Tree: Coordination Of The Aids
WAVERLY, WV As we move up the riding tree, we learn to relax on the horse, stay balanced and follow the horse's motion. As we continue to develop our ability to communicate more clearly with the horse, we learn to apply the pressures of weight (seat), leg, and rein aids to communicate to the horse the shape we would like him to take.
When we first begin using these aids, we are aware of applying them one at a time. Then we mentally group them into "recipes" or "formulas" for particular shapes. We even illustrate these groups of aids as pictograms to help us remember which pressures create which shapes.
When we do these diagrams, however, we start to notice a paradox. We use the same group of aids to ask the horse to do different things. Mechanically speaking, for example, we use the same set of aids to ask the horse to move on a circle, turn in a corner, do a leg yield or do a turn on the forehand.
Communicating to the horse involves much more than just a mechanical application of a specific set of aids. That's the beginning but if riders want to progress up the riding tree from merely applying the aids to coordinating them, they have do more that just use their aids in an "on" or "off" mode. Coordinating the aids means applying the right aids in the right sequence with the right degree of pressure and with the right timing. Developing a feel for this coordination requires some additional skills.
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8th
December 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A La Coruna Spain 6-8 December 2002
AZKAR TROPHY
Speed and Handiness 1.35m
1) GRAZIANA; HASSMANN, Toni (GER), 2) ALVAREZ; MEYER ZU HARTUM, Florian (GER), 3) ASTER; MATHY, Francois (BEL)
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8th
December 2002
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Maastricht Netherlands 5-8 December 2002
AUDAX PRIX
International Jumping Comp. Table A 1.50m with Jump Off
1) PRIOBERT DE KALVARIE; Leslie HOWARD (USA), 2) BLUF; Edwin KLOKMAN (NED), 3) AK PEANUTS Z ; Jos LANSINK (BEL)
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