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1st February 2003

Pammy Hutton endorses our "Chill" Riding boots.
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Even when it was frosty they have kept my feet warm and dry and I never got sweaty feet.
The Easy Rider balance system also works well and I enjoy wearing them whilst in the saddle.
Moreover they are so durable. After four months of wear they still look like new, whilst other boots would by now be nearing the end of their life.
I would thoroughly recommend them for anyone who has to endure the elements."
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1st February 2003
RIHS Exhibitors Benefit From New Working Hunter Ruling
As the result of a new ruling by Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain, exhibitors will be allowed to enter two horses for working hunter classes at this year's Royal International Horse Show (July 23-27). After the jumping phase, and if required by the judge, it will be up to the rider to select only one horse to take forward into the ridden and conformation section.
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1st February 2003
Robert Smith Wins Zurich Grand Prix
Robert Smith, having recently achieved the double accolade of being both Top Rider and Top Owner on the BSJA end of year (2002) ranking lists, continued his prize-winning form yesterday, beating a world-class field to win the coveted Zurich Credit Suisse Grand Prix..
Robert riding the 10 year-old bay gelding Mr Springfield, jumped a double clear round to beat Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Goldfever 3 into second place and Ireland's leading lady rider, Jessica Kurten and Paavo N into third.
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1st February 2003
$5,000 AmeriChoice NAL Speed Challenge Featured Event Today at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – January 31, 2003 – Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, riding Authentic won the $5,000 AmeriChoice NAL Speed Challenge with 3 seconds to spare over second placed Armani with Jeffrey Welles and almost 4 seconds faster than 3rd placed Couletto K James ridden by McLain Ward of Brewster, NY.
As the Winter Equestrian Festival featured event this Friday, this class was contested by a large field of 89 horses. Authentic and Beezie were 54th in the order of go and had the advantage of going after Jeffrey and McLain. Authentic is owned by John Madden Sales and Elizabeth B. Burke.
The North American League (NAL) runs season long series in six hunter jumper divisions - Children's Hunter, Children's Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward year-end finals
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1st February 2003
Eight Judges Ensure The Best Hunter Wins At The AHJF Hunter Classic
When the American Hunter Jumper Foundation created its now annual Hunter Classic its directors wanted to experiment with a different type of judging system. So, they increased the traditional number of judges who judge the class and teamed them together in pairs of two. In 2000 there were six judges. In 2001 that was increased to eight judges, which is a tradition that continues on into this year’s competition.
The judges are positioned on all sides of the arena because the view of a horse’s performance may differ when seen from different locations in the ring. What one judge can see another may not be able to see because of the angle and how far the fence is from the judge. By positioning judges around the arena it ensures that nothing will be missed and the best hunter of the day wins the class.
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1st February 2003

Valentine's Day Gift Idea & Foxhall Events Ticket Information
Atlanta, GA, January 31, 2003 - Valentine's Day is almost here and like most people, you are probably trying to think of a unique gift idea. Go ahead and send your special loved one that bouquet of flowers, but consider including tickets to the Foxhall Flower Show - an annual OUTDOOR flower show held on Thursday, April 17 through Sunday, April 20. The event will be held on beautiful and serene Foxhall Farm in Douglasville, Georgia, in conjunction with the Foxhall Cup - a three-day eventing competition.
Tickets are available at a special discounted rate through Ticketmaster in honor of Valentine's Day. The sale begins on Thursday, February 6 and ends on Monday, February 17. Regular tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 18.
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1st February 2003
Top-Level International Dressage Horses and Riders Compete At The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida -- January 31, 2003 -- Through Sunday, February 2, 2003, the top international dressage horses and riders will be competing at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival currently going on at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. The Festival, in its 31st years, showcases the best horse and rider teams in the equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers and dressage. This week, the second of The Wellington Series, jumpers and dressage horses are being featured.
Dressage is a discipline often compared to ballet or figure-skating, with the horses being the dancers and skaters. Taking place “on the flat” (that is, there is no jumping involved) in a ring of a specified dimension, a rider competes at varying levels depending upon the experience and ability of the horse, with more advanced movements being expected of the more experienced horse. The advanced–level performances, on display this week, will leave spectators in awe of the dressage horse’s beautiful range of gaits. One of the discipline’s most-watched levels is the “freestyle”, where horse and rider literally “dance” to music. Dressage is noted for the elegance of both horse and rider.
The international aspect of this week’s competition is exemplified by the competitors who have traveled to Wellington from Germany, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, to name but a few.
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1st February 2003

New Chief Field Officer at the ILPH
Paul Teasdale, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) in the West Midlands, has recently been appointed Chief Field Officer at the equine welfare charity.
He has taken over the reins from Norman Brown who is standing down from the post to continue as a Field Officer in a part time capacity.

Paul joined the ILPH in 1997 when he retired from the Police force. During his time in the Mounted Branch he served in every rank from Constable upwards and in the latter stages of his career was Chief Inspector of the Greater Manchester Mounted Police, the largest provincial mounted branch in the country.
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1st February 2003
FEI Disciplines Discuss Modernisation Proposals
Yesterday, January 30, 2003, the EFI Executive Committee met at the Gt Southern Hotel, Dublin.
Following the Executive Committee meeting, an open forum was held at 7.30 p.m., involving representatives from the FEI disciplines of Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Endurance Riding and Carriage Driving. Approximately 40 representatives attended. The EFI was represented by President Avril Doyle, Assistant Secretary General Anne Chanarin, MD of ASMT Ltd., Morgan Buckley, and consultant to the EFI, Col. Ned Campion.
The meeting lasted for over two hours and representatives from the FEI disciplines were brought up to date on the proposed modernisation plans for the EFI by Morgan Buckley, and had the opportunity to obtain clarification of various issues in a question and answer session with the EFI, on behalf of their member organisations,.
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1st February 2003
Vilamoura Equestrian Tour (Por)
17 February - 16 March 2003
Dupe Powell From Alton, HANTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Gemma Plumley From Chepstow, GWENT, John Whinnett From Dunstable, BEDS, Lisa Hales From Shifnal, SHROPSHIRE, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICK, Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS,
Sue Bosher From Brackley, NORTHANTS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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1st February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Zurich Switzerland 30 January - 2 February 2003
Movenpick Opening Jumping Class, Table A 1m40 against the clock
1) NOBEL SAVAGE H; Marcus EHNING (GER), 2) GINGER WATT; Dermott LENNON (IRL), 3) GELHA'S JUNIOR; Marcus EHNING (GER)
Credit Suisse Grand Prix, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m50
1) MR SPRINGFIELD; Robert SMITH (GBR), 2) GOLDFEVER 3; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER), 3) PAAVO N; Jessica KURTEN (IRL)
Mercedes Swiss Master, Internationale Jumping Competition, Table A 1m50
1) CHAMPION DU LYS; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER), 2) MAIKE; Philippe LEJEUNE (BEL), 3) MARIUS CLAUDIUS; Robert SMITH (GBR)
Liebherr-Prize, Internationale Jumping Competition, Table A/A 1m50 in 2 Phases
1) ADLANTUS AS FRH; Lars NIEBERG (GER), ) FIGARO'S BOY; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER), 3) ZIXTEN; Maria GRETZER (SWE) Faults 0.00 Time 33.70
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1st February 2003
CSI** Zwolle (Ned) 19 - 23 February 2003
In addition to Ben Dunning, Jon Egmore and Blair Willmer,
Charles Baker From Horsham, WEST SUSSEX, Daryl Johnson From Liss, HANTS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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31st January 2003

BEF Supports Spinal Research In 2003
The Chief Executives of the BEF and its Member Bodies have pledged their support to the charity Spinal Research in 2003.

In a presentation to the January meeting of the BEF Chief Executives Jonathan Miall, Chief Executive of Spinal Research, said: "This is a very exciting and crucial time for Spinal Research. We are leading the world in our research and our initiative to set up clinical trials for spinal injuries, but face our most challenging period of fundraising ever to continue this essential work. The support of the BEF and its Members will help us to raise awareness in the equestrian community of our work and of our fundraising initiatives such as the "Saddle Up" campaign. Equestrian events and individual supporters have raised £120,000 so far, and we hope to increase this in 2003 with the help of the Federation."
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31st January 2003

Unaffiliated 3DE Attracts New Sponsor
Equine Affairs are pleased to announce the addition of the UK's only Unaffiliated Three-Day to their portfolio of sponsored events. Milton Keynes Eventing Centre in Buckinghamshire, hosts the two events in May and September, attracting a wide audience of Eventing enthusiasts from as far as Scotland and Devon.

Each event attracts huge interest and with classes ranging from 2`6 to 3`3 (and onsite stabling) it is a key fixture in the UK eventing calendar. "We are really excited to be sponsoring these events,"said Hayley Sharman, Marketing Manager of Equine Affairs. "Our exclusive online service which is used by over 16,000 competion riders each month will play an integral part in providing essential support and advice leading up to the events."
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31st January 2003

Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider January News
“We don’t break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs”
Yes …. You Are A Horse Trainer

By Bob Jeffreys
Sometimes in my clinics, I’ll ask the audience, “How many of you are horse trainers?” Usually only one or two hands will go up. When I then ask, “How many ride, feed, groom or otherwise handle horses?” almost all hands are raised. Then I’ll say that everyone who raised their hands either time, are actually “horse trainers”.
Horses, you see, are learning all the time. So whenever we’re around them our actions are teaching them something; sometimes good, sometimes not so good! We must recognize this fact and not let outside influences distract us from the task at hand. We spend many hours teaching our horses to give to the bit; not to pull on the lead rope when tied; to move away from pressure, et. All these things are taught consciously. But when we are talking to a friend while holding our horse sometimes we move our hand so that we accidentally take the slack out of the rope. Before our horse yields to that “request”, we move our hand back to its original position, which returns the slack to the lead rope. What we’ve just subconsciously done is taught our horse that sometimes our requests don’t really count. The same situation would apply when we’re holding the reins either on the horse’s back or on the ground.
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31st January 2003
WEF Challenge Cup II
Wellington, FL – January 30, 2003 – The Bayer/USET Gold Coast Classic today held the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup II 238.2. with 43 entries and weather in the 70’s. This speed class was won by Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, riding Gardenio, owned by YZ Partners, in a time of 65.26 seconds. Eleven horses completed the Frank Rothenberger designed course fault-free. Olympian Norman Dello Joio was second in a time of 65.77 seconds riding Eleanor Belknap’s Milla. Chris Kappler rode Kathy Kamine’s Primeur 58 to third place in 66.61 seconds.
Todd Minikus had a good day as he also won the $2,500 1.35m Time First Jump-off with Geez Louise owned by Todd. The $2,500 High Amateur-owner Jumpers Time First Jump-off was won by Rebecca Astrom riding Jolien for Twin Oaks Farm. The 7 Year Old Young Jumper class was won by Jeffrey Welles with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Croft’s Octavious.
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31st January 2003

Virtual Travel Agent Recommends Personalised Holiday Destinations Worldwide
Vaxjo, Sweden -- 29 January 2003 -- Imagine a travel agency where you just state how you wish to spend your holiday and you'll instantly be recommended perfect destinations. Now it's reality - the travel agent that recommends worldwide destinations based upon your individual interests and preferences. Swedish company Tourism Planet has launched an online hotel reservation system with an advanced recommendation engine technology, adding a new dimension to holiday bookings online.
When consulting hotel reservation portals for a nice place to stay during the holidays, it is standard procedure to first state where you want to go, the final destination. No doubt, this works fine when travelling for business or to well-known places. However, when booking lodging for a holiday with the family, it is seldom the destination in itself that is the most important but how you wish to spend your vacation.
With more than 150,000 holiday lodgings in its database, TourismPlanet.com and its four sister sites propose new and exciting holiday spots suiting the interests and preferences of the individual. The service is similar to that of a regular travel agency, with the only exception that this service gives recommendations equivalent to a 1000 travel agents' accumulated experiences.
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31st January 2003
Craven Recovering In Florida
USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Awardee Clarence L. "Honey" Craven is recovering from back surgery, at age 98, in a Florida hospital.
Craven recently underwent successful surgery to eliminate persistent back pain, and is now recovering and undertaking physical therapy
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31st January 2003
Glades Central High School Marching Band: The Official Band of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida -- January 31, 2003 -- On Sundays, around 2pm, many Wellington residents have recently been wondering: where are those melodic sounds of rock, roll and swing coming from? The Answer: The Glades Central High School Marching Band, performing before hundreds of spectators attending The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival’s weekly Grand Prix, taking place in the International Arena of The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The Festival, the most prestigious horseshow in the U. S., finds the top riders and horses in the world competing in the premier equestrian venue.
The Glades Central High School Band is THE Official Band of The Festival, designated as such by Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. during The 119th National Horse Show In November, 2002. While the Band has performed for spectators before the Sunday Grand Prixs for about three years, this is the first year that they have been named THE Official Band, a moniker not previously held by any other band in The Festival’s 31 years. Mr. Mische and Stadium Jumping recently donated $5,000 to The Band for the purchase of a new tuba.
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30th January 2003
A Double For Robert Smith
Robert Smith has achieved the double accolade of being both Top Rider and Top Owner on the British Show Jumping Association's end of year (2002) ranking lists.
This is the first time in his career that 41 year old Robert has achieved this elusive double.
Robert was top of the Rider Ranking List with a total of 3,235.26 points from Michael Whitaker in second with 3,021.20 points. The Leading Owner win was with a total of £102,711 from Miss Ann Bedford with £80,402.
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30th January 2003

American Paint Horse Association invites riders to saddle up for exciting adventures

FORT WORTH, Texas-Recreational riders eager to explore some of the most diverse countryside in America should consider taking part in one of four exciting adventures planned by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) this year. The Association is now accepting reservations for rides in Arkansas, Iowa, New Mexico and Nebraska.
APHA welcomes all interested people, regardless of the breed of horse they ride, to register for any of the outings.
"This is a great opportunity to see America the way it should be seen - from the top of a horse and with a fine group of people from APHA," said Cody Weirich, the Association's ride coordinator. "We'll take riders up mountains, across rivers and everywhere in-between, as we continue to carry on our mission of treating our guests to the best time they've ever had on horseback."
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30th January 2003
$25,000 Winsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular This Saturday at The Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida – 1-30-2003 - In what is one of the most entertaining classes of the WEF season, the annual Winsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular, is attracting a notable field of 12 Teams of Jumper/Dressage riders, who switch roles, vying for the $25,000 purse sponsored by Winsome Farms. The class begins Saturday afternoon at 3:00PM featuring some of the top riders on the WEF jumper show scene, performing the brand new USAE Third level test. At 4:30, the action switched from the dressage arena, to the main showjumping field, where dressage riders compete in a “Hit and Hurry” class. Olympian Anne Kursinksi and Danish/American Wellington resident, Bent Jensen will be defending their postion as the winning team for the past 3 years.
USET Pan American Dressage Team Selection Trials to Begin This Weekend at Wellington Dressage Dressage at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival begins this weekend with the first selection trial for the USET Pan American Team Selection Trials. The Selection Trials are part of the qualifying process for the US dressage team headed for the Pan Am Games to be held in August in the Dominican Republic.
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30th January 2003
PERA News
Don't miss out on a great night at the PERA Ball, tickets are on sale now, priced £55 from Mr and Mrs A Wheeler, tel. 01386 831283 or email theperaball@hotmail.com.
The evening includes the Grand Raffle and Auction with many fantastic prizes, which have been generously donated, up for grabs.
Not only this, but the Organizers of the IFG European Championships have kindly offered a reduction in the cost of a membership package for the Competitors and Members Reserved Enclosure for all partygoers!
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30th January 2003
1st Day of Bayer/USET Gold Coast at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – January 29, 2003—Today was the first day of the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Classic week at the Winter Equestrian Festival. This week of competition features the very highest caliber of jumpers in all arenas. The featured class, the time first jump-off 1.4 meter, with 17 entries was moved to the Denemethy Arena from the Internatioanle Arena. Former Olympian, Laura Kraut, from Wisconsin was the big winner taking the top three spots. Laura was first with Wet Paint owned by Pin Oak Farm; second on Paloma owned by James B. Pirtle Enterprises; and third on Amande Du Chateau owned by Equuleus LLC. The Power And Speed Class was won by Anne Kursinski on Indeed.
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30th January 2003
Success stories
Success stories of making money and saving money with horses can now be seen online at www.makemoneywithhorses.com.
"I don't know a single horseman who isn't interested in saving money, getting some expert advice on selling or trading horses or taking advantage of special offers on national products," said Don Blazer, author of the best selling book Make Money With Horses. "Now they can get all that and more from our newsletter, It's All About Money and the new web site
www.makemoneywithhorses.com."
The first success story is about a woman who wanted to keep her horse, but didn't want to pay board. She got creative, has her horse, and doesn't pay board.
In addition to telling how she does it on the web site, the story is featured in the monthly newsletter which helps horsemen with advice on marketing/business strategies, tips from experts on how to increase profits, special discounts and money saving offers, as well as ways to turn potential into profit.
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30th January 2003
Spanish Sunshine Tour
11th February - 16th March 2003
Mark Armstrong From Bordon, HANTS, Mischa Irving From Lesmahagow, LANARK, Claire McCarthy From Salisbury, WILTS, Kate Mead Based in Riaz, SWITZERLAND, Derek Morton From Stafford, STAFFS, Clare Pearson From Dalry, AYRSHIRE, Gillian Peat From Doncaster, SOUTH YORKS,
Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKS, Robert Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Steven Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKS, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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30th January 2003

The 23rd Annual Los Alamos Dressage Center Open House/Benefit
Event: 23rd Annual Los Alamos Dressage Center Open House to Benefit Therapeutic and Corrective Shoeing Research at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center
Date: April 26, 2003 (Rain or Shine. The event will be indoors.) Time: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Los Alamos Dressage Center, 260 Burlington Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728
Featuring: · 11:30 am - 12:30pm - Educational Seminar on Therapeutic and Corrective Shoeing, · 1:00 pm - 4:00pm - "Dressage With the Masters" , Mares and Foals at Liberty, Kids and Horses and More
Last year this event raised $6500 to benefit arthritis research under the direction of Dr. Dean Richardson at New Bolton Center. Your support could help to raise even more in 2003 for research in the Farrier Department.
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30th January 2003
Vilamoura Equestrian Tour
17th February - 16th March 2003
Dupe Powell From Alton, HANTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Gemma Plumley From Chepstow, GWENT, John Whinnett From Dunstable, BEDS, Lisa Hales From Shifnal, SHROPSHIRE, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICK, Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Sue Bosher From Brackley, NORTHANTS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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30th January 2003
Show Jumping - Hanley Succeeds Hurley As SJAI Chairman
The first Executive Meeting of the Showjumping Association for 2003 took place at the Irish Farm Centre yesterday evening (Tuesday 28th). Election of Officers was the main item on the Agenda. Mayoman Charles Hanley succeeded Tony Hurley as Chairman and Dr. Ernie Logan, Northern Region, is Vice Chairman. Both were unanimously agreed. The Chairpersons of the various sub-committees are as follows:
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30th January 2003
Jacks Elected BSJA Chairman
The British Show Jumping Association Executive Board met on the 27th January 2003 and elected John Jacks as Chairman of the Association unopposed.
John asked for a vote of thanks to be minuted to the Executive Board stating " Peter Gillespie has been Chairman through two unenviable years during which a considerable amount has been achieved. Notably Stallion Grading, Style and Performance Classes, Junior Winter and Summer Premier Shows along with the new Amateur Championships and I would like to express our thanks for his contribution. For myself the past six years of working on BSJA committees have given me valuable experience and knowledge that will assist me in my role as Chairman of the Association".
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29th January 2003
Securing The Future Of The Athletes Of The Equine World
We love to watch them. We love to bet on them. We love the excitement of the crowd on race days. But how often do we think of the fate of retired thoroughbreds?
One person who became all too painfully aware of just how insecure the future of a retired racehorse can be is Carrie Humble. After a number of careers in the United States, Carrie returned to the UK and spent much of 1991 helping to prepare thoroughbred stock for sales. "It was then that I saw at first hand just what can happen to a racehorse that has come to the end of its athletic career," she said.
It was then that Carrie came up with the idea of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre (TRC), and ten years ago she achieved charitable status for the organisation. The TRC's objective is to work with the racing world to try to rehabilitate former racehorses so that they can be re-homed in a caring environment. And visitors to the Midlands Equine Fair taking place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March, will have the ideal opportunity to see the work of the organisation at first hand as Carrie and her team work some of their equine pupils.
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29th January 2003

A snapshot of some famous faces at Equus 2003

A huge list of celebrities, of the two-legged and four-legged variety, can be seen at Equus 2003. It really is a showcase for the exciting world of horses; - leading riders will be demonstrating a wide variety of disciplines; including show jumping, dressage, showing, western riding, polo, vaulting and side-saddle. In addition there are specialist horse trainers, displays to music and even stunt riding.

Silke from Germany will be participating with Parelli Natural Horsemanship at Equus for the second time. She is one of their great success stories with her pair of magnificent black Fresian horses. Silke has always loved horses, however, when Silke was only 18, a motorbike accident left her in a wheelchair although that hasn't stopped her achieving incredible things. Now, she can do many things, that few able horse owners ever achieve, such as making her horses lie down on command, amongst a host of other games she plays with them.
World-class displays and demonstrations, seminars, shopping, lots of excitement and celebrities can all be enjoyed at Equus 2003. A trio of specialist clinics with Olympic riders will be held in the evenings at 7.30pm with Pippa Funnell, Geoff Billington and Anky van Grunsven.
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29th January 2003

Ride Horseback Across The Mongolian Countryside
Ride the beautiful Mongolian countryside in the summer of 2003.
Ride Mongolian horses under the endless blue sky of the Mongolian countryside observing nomadic life, ancient monasteries and cities founded during the reign of Chinggis Kahn and his successors. Two tour itineraries are available.
Itinerary 8 "Arkhangai Province in Central Mongolia": On this 12 day tour see wild Prewalsky horses, visit the area where Chinggis Khan built his ancient capital and many other historical and natural attractions. Follow worn paths or ride free across the open un-fenced countryside.
Itinerary 9 "Khovsgol Mountains and Lake": This is a 10-day ride along the huge and beautiful Khovsgol Lake, called the mother ocean by local Mongolians. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of forests, mountains and wild animals. Local inhabitants of the region breed reindeer, yaks, horses and sheep.
The tours are provided by Off The Map Tours, an Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia based Tour Company. In addition to horse riding tours Off-The-Map-Tours provides mountain bike, hiking, cultural and Trans-Siberian Rail tours.
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29th January 2003

Exford Fights Back
Villagers stunned by last minute decision to move Golden Horseshoe Ride
Exford village is fighting back against a decision to move the prestigious Golden Horseshoe endurance ride, scheduled for May 16-18, away from the Exmoor centre it has enjoyed for more than 25 years.
Exford has seen the testing contest - originally 75 miles and now 100 miles over two days - develop alongside the sport now rated as a world event. Competitors have traditionally been stabled in and around the village for the three days and friendly inter-stable rivalry over medals and successes has been intense.
"But we, like the competitors, were told only at the last minute that the organisers, Endurance GB, have moved it to Dunster," said Mrs Beth Horstman, who volunteered to chair the six-man committee.
"We want it back. Exford is the home of the Golden Horseshoe Ride. It is an important event to the economy of the village and estimates have put its value at about £100,000." Accommodation is regularly reserved for Ride dates, and bookings which cannot be recovered, have been turned away.
"A lot of money has been lost already and we know that competitors like Exford and are as upset about the decision as we are," Mrs Horstman said.
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29th January 2003

Saddle Up News For January 2003....
Special Offers If you are looking for a bargain then check our special offer page or email Saddle Up to request our special offer sheet
A New Year If you are looking for new products for the coming seasons what ever your chosen equestrian discipline, why not browse through our huge range of products on offer.
Need A New Saddle ? Our Leather Saddles selection is currently been expanded and now includes most models of Stubben Saddles (please keep checking back for new models).
2 for 1 Riding Voucher Giveaway
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29th January 2003
The New Jockey Club at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival Opens to Ooohs and Aaahs
Wellington, Florida – January 29, 2003 – The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club began last week with record-setting entries. Now in its 31st year, the Festival welcomes the best horses and riders in the world to compete for over $3 million in prize money during its run in Wellington and Tampa.
Traditionally, in Wellington, a special tent overlooking The International Arena (where the grand prix classes, among others, take place) has been set up to cater to the Festival’s top owners, trainers and riders. With 6-person tables historically ranging in price from $3,000 to $6,000 each, depending upon the location, tent spectators have enjoyed the best view of the top jumper action.
This year, Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. decided to upgrade the amenities……thus, the birth of The Jockey Club. Occupying the same space, Stadium Jumping called upon Dougie Mutch of Gracie Street Interiors of West Palm Beach to reconfigure and redecorate the tent. Nicole’s Tavern of Wellington was brought in to serve not only daily lunch, but a continental breakfast as well. Proper linens, silverware, china and stemware have replaced plastic forks and paper plates. Wait-staff now provide individualized service. Crystal chandeliers adorn the ceilings. Flushable toilets (as opposed to out-houses) and sinks with running water are now available to Jockey Club members only.
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29th January 2003

Rio Vista Products Named as Official Grooming Products for all HITS Horse Shows

SAUGERTIES, NY (January 28, 2003)--Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS), has announced that Rio Vista Products is the Official Grooming Products for all HITS horse shows. In addition, Rio Vista Products is the title sponsor of four Grand Prix show jumping classes to be held at HITS horse show circuits throughout the 2003 season.
The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix will be held February 23rd at the Indio Desert Circuit in Indio, California. The second $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix will take place on February 16th at the beautiful HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. Riders will be presented with another opportunity to ride in the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix on July 6th at HITS Culpeper in Virginia. The final $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix in the series, will be held on July 20th at the brand new HITS Catskills site in Saugerties, New York.
Rio Vista Products is a manufacturer of equine and canine grooming products. The Rio Vista range of grooming products is sold at tack and feed stores and pet shops throughout the United States and Canada. Products include Color Enhancing Shampoos, Conditioners, Hoof Manicure, Equine-Shine, EnerGPlus Feed Supplement and Cool Blue Liniment.
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29th January 2003

USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, at 4:30 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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28th January 2003
“A touch of the Middle East comes to Britain”
For the first time ever the glamour and excitement of Arabian racing, the elegance of Arabian showing and the grit and determination of Endurance are being brought together at the new Arabian International Horse Festival at Fontwell Park, West Sussex in June of this year.
The Festival, which will take place on 14th and 15th June 2003 will bring together the three disciplines in which the Arabian Horse excels; Racing, Showing and Endurance; for a spectacular feast of equestrian competition combined with a unique cultural experience at one of Britain’s most beautiful racecourses.
The Racing, which will include Group Races, will take place over the weekend with prize money of over £20,000 on offer.
A truly international field in the 160-kilometre Endurance Ride will ensure that competition is top flight. The FEI’s three-star grading of the ride which will take place over both days, starting and finishing on the Fontwell course, offers countries a last chance to qualify for the European Endurance Championships in September
The third strand is showing. The Festival will incorporate the third International Arabian Horse Show which is already an established international event in its own right, attracting entries from all over Europe and from as far abroad as Australia.
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28th January 2003
Showing World Now Takes Search For A Star Seriously!
New selection venues in Surrey and Yorkshire
The South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star competition starts its eighth year with a frank statement from one of its judges - "at last the professionals are taking us seriously."
Anne Pritchard, who with Robert Oliver has judged every final since the search began, said: "We have found some wonderful horses, but because the competition is for amateurs and because we give a running commentary and explain our decisions, many of the top people in the showing world refused to take us seriously.
"Now I look around the audience at the Horse of the Year Show final and recognise so many faces; then I listen to Search for a Star owners talking about the offers they are refusing for their horses and realise that this competition really has been accepted into the showing calendar."
Search for a Star is designed to give amateur owners and riders the opportunity to compete at a major, national show. Selection days are held around the country and chosen horses are invited to the prestigious Horse of the Year Show, to be held for the second time at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Last year's launch at the NEC was a resounding success and this year it is scheduled for September 17-21.
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28th January 2003
Horses Help Hands On Students
3 horses from an equine welfare centre in South Norfolk are going out on loan this week to Otley College, near Ipswich where they will take up residence to help students with their studies.
ILPH McGill, Sneezy and Molly will help students in the practical element of the Horse Management and Animal Science courses as well as hands on therapy for special needs students on Rural Therapy Courses.
Says Tony Tyler, ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Manager at Hall Farm, Snetterton, "The 3 horses that we are loaning the College have been especially chosen for their kind natures and ease of handling.
"Although McGill was not a cruelty case, the other two were, and it's good to know that horses that have been abused themselves will be instrumental in educating young people about good horse welfare."
Comments Gerda Werner, Equine Lecturer at Otley College, "Otley College is delighted to have the ILPH horses spend time with our students. Our Horse Management students are particularly looking forward to putting their stable management theory into practice.
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28th January 2003
Derby House - The Master's Of Stabling
QUALITY craftsmanship, an eye for detail and a desire to build the best are key assets that drive the team at Derby House Stabling.
Based in the village of Eardisley, Herefordshire, the stabling and joinery division has been in operation for more than 30 years and was purchased by the Derby House Group from CAM Equestrian in 2002.
The company offer a wide range of joinery services, buildings, stables, accessories and yard products worldwide.
Roy James, the manager of Derby House Stabling has worked for the company since the mid eighties and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of joinery and the design of equestrian buildings.
"We are a very close knit team at Eardisley and when the company joined Derby House the experienced craftsmen and the sales team who had previously worked for CAM Joinery were transferred," explains Roy.
"Skills built up over the years are very hard to replace and it is good to know that those skills remain at Derby House, a firm is only as good as its workforce!"
Traditional values remain a key focus for the business and these are something that only 30 years experience can provide.
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28th January 2003
Women Dominate The Field On Super Bowl Sunday In The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix
Indio, CA (January 27, 2003)--As Tampa Bay and the Raiders were battling it out in a rough-and-tumble Super Bowl, four women rose above a field of twenty-one entries to compete in the jump-off for the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix. English rider, Helen McNaught and her mount Lexicon were the final victors in the special Grand Prix class, which was the highlight of Sunday's competition at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit.
Course designer Danny Foster was responsible for building a challenging course that only four riders could master. The first to perform, Misti Cassar on Pasadena, made the going look easy with a faultless round in 88.9 seconds, well within the time allowed of 103. The following eleven riders could not match her opener and it was the twelfth in the order, McNaught, who gave the crowd the second clear round. Laura Linback on her second mount, Grand Soso 2, saw her way clear also, and Susan Hutchinson on Itano De La Bastide delivered the last clear round of the field.
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28th January 2003
31st Winter Equestrian Festival Opens 2003 Season with Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic
Wellington, FL-- January 27, 2003—The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) opened its 31st season with the Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, January 22- 26, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The week kicked off an 11-week equestrian festival featuring top hunter, jumper, as well as dressage competition. Thousands of horses and riders from all over the nation and at least 13 countries have come together to compete for over three million dollars in prize money.

Olympian Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, captured the week’s feature event, the $35,000 Farr Legacy/ Western Hay Grand Prix of Palm Beach, aboard Windy City. Under the sunny Florida sky, Hough was one of only three riders out of a starting field of 32 to qualify for the jump-off by riding clear over Conrad Homfeld’s competitive first round course.
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28th January 2003
Lake Placid Horse Shows Return To The Adirondacks June 25- July 6
Lake Placid, NY–January 27, 2003–The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, June 25 – July 6, 2003 at their fabulous horse show facility at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows include two AGA Grandprix Series events, the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid on Sunday, June 29, which will be televised on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and the $50,000 Hermés I Love New York Grandprix on Saturday, July 5.
Special features of the 2003 Lake Placid Horse Shows also include two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series events for junior riders and amateur/owner riders. The Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic and Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic both take place on Sunday, June 29 at the Lake Placid Horse Show. The Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic and the Golden Arrow Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic take place on Saturday, July 5 at the I Love New York Horse Show. The standings on the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series will determine which junior riders and which amateur/owner riders will qualify to ride in the 2003 National Horse Show in Wellington, FL.
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28th January 2003
South Yorkshire Police Horsewatch
Stolen from Brookhouse, Rotherham on the 10th January 2003
Stolen from Aston, Rotherham on the 3rd January 2003
Stolen from Kexborough, Barnsley, 30th December 2002
Stolen 18/19th December 2002 from Stairfoot, Barnsley
Stolen from Thurcroft, Rotherham on the 11th December 2002
Stolen 8/9th December from Platts Common, Barnsley
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27th January 2003
The Hackney Horse
The Hackney Horse is an elegant high stepping breed of carriage horse entirely British bred.
It made its appearance in the 18th century in Yorkshire and Norfolk in the UK and quickly became the ideal carriage horse of the day - only to be replaced by the motor car in the 1920's.
Today, Hackney Horses and Ponies are renowned for their brilliant and extravagant displays of high stepping action in the show ring. Pulling smart four-wheeled show wagons or immaculate in Private Drive or Concourse d'Elegance turnouts, they captivate audiences worldwide with their grace, elegant bearing and lively personality. What many people do not know is how the Hackney and Hackney Pony evolved from quite humble origins to become through two centuries of selective breeding, one of the most spectacular of British breeds
.Although modern Hackneys may often be regarded as specialised animals, suitable for their showing role, this is far from the truth. In the driving world as well as being recognised as the superlative animal for Concours d'Elegance, Private Driving, Trade and Coaching classes, Hackneys and Hackney cross-breds compete with great success in the taxing disciplines of Carriage Driving Trials. They also perform successfully in ridden dressage, eventing and show jumping. Breeders are once again looking at these remarkable horses when making plans for the breeding of competition horses and ponies, for the hackney's attributes of quality, courage, activity and great strength, qualify him for serious consideration in the breeding of the modern Sports Horse.
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27th January 2003

Dressage World Cup at San Patrignano
For the second consecutive year, the only Italian qualifier for the FEI Dressage World Cup will take place in San Patrignano. From Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th 2003, the indoor arena of the leading community in Europe for the rehabilitation and social re-integration of drug addicts will host the Italian stage of the most important international dressage competition: the FEI World Cup.
The event, as underlined by Giacomo Muccioli, responsible of San Patrignano's sports events, will open a very important year for the rehabilitation community founded by Vincenzo Muccioli in 1978. "In 2003 San Patrignano will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It is indeed a very important goal for all of us and not only for its symbolic meaning: since 1978 we have welcomed 18.000 guests, most of them enjoying today a drug-free existence. During these years our community has become a significant cultural and methodological point of reference for all those operating in the field of drug addiction. Thanks to our horse linked activities, such as breeding and the organisation of International jumping and dressage competitions, we have been able to spread our message and let people learn about the human and social reality of San Patrignano. Furthermore, the FEI Dressage World Cup represents the first stage of a path taking us to host the 2005 European Jumping Show Championships: an unprecedented event in the history of sports."
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27th January 2003
Grand Prix at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – January 26, 2003 – The Winter Equestrian Festival held its first Grand Prix of the circuit, the $35,000 Farr Legacy/Western Hay Grand Prix of Palm Beach, a CSI** event. Today with sunny skies and a very comfortable temperature, 32 competed and only three riders had faultless first round efforts that permitted them to a second round effort against the clock. Lauren Hough, of Wellington, FL, riding her Olympic Mount Windy City won with a time of 37.84 seconds in the jump-off and no faults. Emily Williams on Hushabye was second with no faults and a time of 39.87. Margie Engle and Hidden Creek’s Jones was third with 4 faults. Olympic Silver Medalist, Conrad Homfeld, designed a very competitive course.
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27th January 2003

German poker at San Patrignano
The repetition of the number four seems to be the rule adopted by the strong German team, at San Patrignano for the Italian Dressage World Cup qualifier: four competition, four victories, four lady riders at the top four places of the final standings of the Free Style Grand Prix, closing competition of the event.
Report of an announced victory for Monica Theodorescu, an athlete able to gain from '98 until today, five team golden medals including World Championships, European Championships and Olympic games. She reached the top of the podium with an impeccable test, perfectly performed on her Renaissance Fleur, scoring the very high percentage of 77,69%. A score that showed to be unattainable for her team fellow women: Heike Kemmer obtained the nearest score with her Albano, 74,64%, while the experienced Isabelle Werth placed third scoring 74,36% on Antony Frh, which substitutes her former, outstanding horse, Gigolò. On this horse Ms. Wert wrote the last 10 years' history of this discipline: 12 team golden medals including Olympic Games and European Championships and golden individual medals both at Atlanta '96 and to two World Championships.
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27th January 2003
Irish Rider Seventh In World Cup Qualifier - San Patrignano Italy
Irish international dressage rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens riding the 15 year old Westphalian gelding Fosbury scored 69.41% to place seventh in the World Cup Qualifier at the San Patrignano CDI-W in Italy, this afternoon (26th January 2003).
German rider Monica Theodorescu scored a double by winning the World Cup Qualifier with Renaissance Fleur TSF having picked up first prize in the Grand Prix class the day before. Heike Kemmer also from Germany placed second in the Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music) World Cup class with Alabano 7 having earlier scored a double with her other horse Ferragamo 3 by taking first prize in both the Prix St Georges and Intermediare 1 Kur classes. Merveldt-Steffens placed second behind Kemmer in both these classes with the 10 year old Weltmeyer mare Hera. The Irish rider moved up an impressive 39 places to 60th place in the FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings at the start of this month and another move up the rankings is on the cards after her performance in the World Cup class in Italy today.
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26th January 2003
Machine Washing Leather Chaps
By Anna Carner Blangiforti, President and Founder, Leather Therapy Products
OLDWICK, NJLeather chaps become one of your most personal garments. When new, they can be stiff, ornery, too tight in some spots, not tight enough in others. They wrinkle and bite flesh in some places, cut off the circulation in others. Over time, however, they stretch and soften. They mold to your unique anatomy and become so individual that no one else can wear them.
Over time, they also accumulate a patina of grime. Chaps are working garments. They get splattered with mud, marinated in sweat, and rub up against their share of manure, dust, chaff, and other dirty debris commonly found around barns.
Riders might be scrupulous about wearing clean jeans and shirts, but until recently, there wasn’t much they could do about their chaps. Some have tried washing chaps but the only laundry products available for leather to date have been detergent-type cleaners which remove dirt but do not replace the lubricating oils in the leather’s inner corium. The leather dries stiff and is actually weakened by the cleaning process. The only alternative has been to let the chaps become starched with sweat and grunge until the accumulated dirt destroyed the leather from the inside out. Then you just had to grit your teeth and go through the expense and agony of breaking in a new pair.
Thanks to the molecular synergy between two recently developed companion leather care products, however, riders can now safely wash suede or smooth-leather chaps in their home washing machine and recondition the leather at the same time. The cleaner works during the wash cycle to deep clean dirt and leave leather fibers with a negative ionic charge that attracts the more positively charged conditioning dressing during the rinse cycle. Riders can now throw grungy, hard-working leathers like chaps, half chaps, leather-seated breeches, and sheepskin saddle pads in their washing machine and pull them out cleaned, softened and suppled.
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26th January 2003

AHJF Has A Winner In Its Annual Hunter Classic
The American Hunter Jumper Foundation Continues to Achieve Its Goals
Seven years ago when the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc. (AHJF) decided to debut the first ever AHJF Hunter Classic it was the beginning of a new vision for the sport of show hunter competition. The concept was to have a very special class, different than what had been done in the past. The class would premiere in the evening under lights, offer the largest prize money purse in the history of show hunter competition and serve a fine dinner affording spectators a quality view of the class. All of this was designed around the needs of the exhibitors and created to serve as the single largest fundraiser of the AHJF. Money from the fundraiser would enable the organization to continue its many programs geared to benefit hunter horses and riders. As the years pass the Hunter Classic continues to achieve its goals.
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26th January 2003
Saturday Results at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL –January 25, 2003 – Peter Lutz aboard Maroline from Katona, New York with a time of 77.820 seconds, in a lightening-fast jump-off edged out McLain Ward by one tenth of a second to win the Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic. Yann Candele on MC’s Marco Taere from Canada placed a close third. Thirty five horses attempted the Los Angeles Olympic Silver Medalist’s, Conrad Homfeld’s, difficult and twisting course at The Winter Equestrian Festival.
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26th January 2003
Irish Rider Qualifies For World Cup Grand Prix Kur Qualifier- San Patrignano CDI-W Italy 25th January 2003
DRESSAGE RESULT - SAN PATRIGNANO CDI-W ITALY - 25TH JANUARY 2003
Irish international rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens qualified for the World Cup Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music) Qualifier at the San Patrignano CDI-W in Italy today (25th January 2003) by placing 11th in the Grand Prix class with the 15 year old Westphalian gelding Fosbury. 20 competed in the Grand Prix which was won by German rider Monica Theodorescu and Renaissance Fleur TSF. The top 12 in the Grand Prix class qualified for the World Cup Grand Prix Kur Qualifier which takes place in San Patrignano, Italy tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 26th January 2003).
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26th January 2003
Irish Rider Second In Opening Prix St Georges Class
DRESSAGE RESULT - SAN PATRIGNANO CDI-W ITALY - 25TH JANUARY 2003
International Dressage Competition Prix St Georges
1. FERRAGAMO 3;Heike KEMMER; (GER), 2. HERA 111;Anna MERVELDT-STEFFENS; (IRL), 3. MAESTRO;Karen NIJVELT; (NED)
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