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8th February 2003
BHS British Riding Clubs
New Championship season starts for British Riding Clubs
British Riding Clubs kick off their 2003 Championship season with the finals of the NAF Novice Indoor Show Jumping series generously sponsored by Natural Animal Feeds. The Championships take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire over the weekend of 26th and 27th April.
To compete at the final, Riding Club teams of four riders will have qualified at their Area Qualifier. These qualifiers take place across the country. You must be a member of an affiliated Riding Club to take part in this Championship.
Both senior and junior championships are jumped over two rounds with jumps in the second round not exceeding 3'. The championship winners will be calculated on the team with the best three scores from two rounds. If there is equality after this there will be a jump off.
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8th February 2003

ILPH Appoints New Director of UK Operations
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) has today appointed Tony Tyler as their new Director of UK Operations.
Tony (42) has been working for the ILPH as Norfolk Centre Manager, now based at Hall Farm, Snetterton, since November 1999. Prior to that he was a Senior Equine Lecturer at Walford College in Shropshire where he helped set up and run the equine facilities, managed and taught pupils at all levels. He is currently on a number of committees including the BHS Examinations Advisory Group, and is a BHS Chief examiner.
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8th February 2003
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented By Bayer to Feature International Television Coverage and Expanded U.S. Coverage
Lexington, KY—February 3, 2003— The 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, America’s only Four Star event, will feature international television coverage highlighted by extensive coverage in the United States on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).
As has been the case for the past five years, the Rolex Kentucky telecast will be produced by Carr-Hughes Productions of Saratoga Springs, NY. The company’s principals, Robert Hughes and Emmy Award winner Jim Carr, will serve as Executive Producer and Producer/Director respectively.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event takes place at the scenic Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and hosts the Rolex/U.S. Equestrian Team Four Star Championship for the Pinnacle Trophy.
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8th February 2003
Canadians Sweep 1-2-3 At First HITS Ocala Grand Prix Of The Season
Ocala, FL (February 7, 2003)—Two Olympic veterans and a rising star made the Canadian presence felt at the $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. World-class show jumper, Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, Quebec, paired with Kathleen to lead the Canadian charge into the winner's circle. Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ontario, fought for a close second on Karat, while managing to relegate his father, seven-time Olympic veteran, Ian Millar, to third place on his mount Promise Me.
The $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix marked the first of ten Grand Prix events to be held each Thursday and Sunday over the next five weeks at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. With over $1,000,000 in prize money to be awarded, the circuit attracts many of the world's top show jumpers. "Over the past twelve years, the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has received strong support from the Canadian contingent," said Tom Struzzieri, owner and president of HITS. "We are pleased to see them here today to jump-start the circuit with such a fine display of horsemanship."
Of the 32 starters, five horse/rider combinations advanced to the jump-off by successfully clearing the 13-obstacle course designed by William "Buddy" Brown. Ian Silitch on Cable was the first to ride in the six-fence jump-off, dropping an unlucky rail and posting a fast time of 44.10 seconds. Ian Millar and Promise Me left all the fences up and clocked in at 46.45 seconds. Derek Petersen and Promised Land posted the fastest time of 43.93 seconds but paid for it with eight faults. Mario Deslauriers was next up with Kathleen and the pair sailed through the course in the winning time of 46.26 seconds. Jonathon Millar saw what he had to beat and he and Karat gave it all, losing to Deslauriers by a split, but managing to top his father for second place.
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8th February 2003

$5,000 Americhoice NAL Speed Challenge is the Feature Class Today With 88 Horses Entered
Wellington, FL – February 7, 2003 – The $5,000 NAL Americhoice Challenge today hosted a large field of 88 entries at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Cara Raether of New York was the winner with Landato, a bay gelding owned by Trelawny Farm. Of the 88 competing, twenty-five horses had fault free rounds. Cara and Landato were the fastest to complete the course in a time of 60.480 seconds. Donnerlitchen owned by Hyperion Farm and ridden by Meredith Beerbaum was second in 61.586 seconds. Third was Sporting United ridden and owned by McLain Ward of Brewster, New York (63.677 seconds).
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter and 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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8th February 2003

Pletcher Makes The Journey East To Compete in The AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular
February 7, 2003 -- Wellington, Florida -- On February 15, 2003 the seventh annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Classic Spectacular will be featured under the lights in Wellington, FL. Among the list of top notch competitors will be Peter Pletcher, who is the 2002 Chronicle of the Horse Professional World Champion Hunter Rider. He earned his ticket to compete when he won that title. Pletcher will come from the West Coast to the East Coast to compete in this prestigious event.
We talked with Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, about his journey East and about the Classic. Pletcher noted, "It's the top hunter event in the world and it is very important for a hunter rider to try and compete in this class to support the sport. It is also one of the biggest money classes for hunter riders.

AHJF President, Geoff Teall, is pleased that Pletcher sees the value in traveling to Florida. “I think it is great that Peter is showing such interest in the program, as well as the class itself. I am sure he will be a big threat to everyone involved, and I hope he wins. He has been a great supporter of the program and the AHJF since its inception, and we really appreciate it.”
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8th February 2003
BHS British Riding Clubs
BHS Riding Club European Championship achieves FEI status
The British Horse Society Riding Club European Eventing Championship, also known as 'Rural Riders', has been accepted by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) as an FEI event. The event is set at CIC** level and riders who complete the event will be able to count it as a qualification towards CCI** and CIC*** events. British Riding Clubs (BRC) have been at the forefront pushing for Rural Riders to become an FEI event.
In 2002, the event was hosted by British Riding Clubs at Hartpury College, Gloucester, when Great Britain won the Bronze medal. Peter Buist, Vice-Chairman of BRC and organiser of the 2002 event, said, "This is great news for the riders and an extra incentive for people to take part. It will also make life easier for organisers and officials as for the first time we will be able to operate with a fully defined set of rules."
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8th February 2003
Approved Rule Changes Available On www.equestrian.org
The rule changes approved by the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, January 16 and 19, 2003 in Lexington, KY, are available on the USA Equestrian web site
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8th February 2003

Kilkenny Insurance: A Labor of Love and This Week’s Sponsor of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida -- February 7,2003 -- In 1994, Wellington residents Laura and Michael Whitlow sat down and asked themselves how they could combine their love of horses and the horse community with a satisfying and profitable business. Bingo!! Named after Michael’s family’s farm in Virginia and the couple’s farm in Wellington, The Kilkenny Insurance Agency was born. Kilkenny’s logo, built around a D-ring snaffle bit, was Laura’s design.
Now one of the top equine insurance agencies in the country, Kilkenny provides equine insurance to horses and farms involved in the equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers, equitation and dressage. Its underwriter, The Insurance Company of Hannover, is a well-known firm in the insurance industry based in Omaha, Nebraska.
How did the Whitlows, starting from scratch, build their business to the success that it is today in a mere nine years? Their own hard work, smarts and outstanding personal reputations certainly had a lot to do with it. But in addition, the Whitlows made a conscious decision to become a major factor as both a sponsor and innovator at The Winter Equestrian Festival.
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8th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Bordeaux France 7-9 February 2003
Prix du CLUB DES LEADERS, nternational Jumping Competition, CSIW 1m40
1) OLYMPIA; Michel ROBERT (FRA), 2) BURNING FEDOR; Hubert BOURDY (FRA), 3) HADDON HOUSE CARLSON; Michael WHITAKER (GBR), 4) DJALISCO DU GUET; Eric NAVET (FRA), 5) MULLIGAN; Peter CHARLES (IRL)
Prix CASINO DE BORDEAUX, International Jumping Competition CSIW - 1m50
1) GRANIE; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 2) EVE DES ETISSES; Hubert BOURDY (FRA), 3) CONTROE; Marco KUTSCHER (GER)
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7th February 2003

New Sponsor For William Fox-Pitt
WILLIAM Fox-Pitt, who in 2002 was the first British rider to top the FEI World Event rider rankings, is to be sponsored by equine physiotherapy experts Equissage.
The deal involves supporting his 15 event horses including Highland Lad on who he won Burghley last year. Atlanta Olympic rider William, who is based at Sturminster Newton, Dorset, will be competing in Europe and America throughout the 2003 season.
His top four horses - Tamarillo, Moon Man, Midnight Dazzler and Highland Lad - will be aimed at the Lexington CCI****, Kentucky and Badminton CCI**** building up to the European Championships in Punchestown, Ireland.
At his new base William has installed a large all weather surface and also a new horse walker from Monarch.
This year looks set to be exceptionally busy with his rides also including Wallow, Coastal Ties, Ballincoola and Cavalcade.
His five strong back-up team includes Jackie Potts who has been with him for 10 years and she is supported by Alex van Tuyll.
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7th February 2003
All The Queen’s Horses donates £114,000 to Charity
The Committee of All The Queen’s Horses, the phenomenally successful first event in the celebration of HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, has announced that it has given £114,000 to ten charities.
The charities were all selected by the Committee because of their close association to participants in the show.
The spectacular, celebratory equestrian extravaganza was held on three successive evenings at Royal Windsor Horse Show from 15-17 May 2002. The show involved a cast of 2,000 people, 1,000 horses and included a re-enactment of the Coronation Procession with the Gold State Coach.
The show was subsequently screened on BBC ONE and nearly one third of the nation’s TV audience tuned in to watch the highlights.
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7th February 2003
BHS British Riding Clubs
Equest Horse Welfare Advisers' Scheme
Fort Dodge Animal Health, manufacturer of market leading horse wormer EQUEST, has announced the continuation of its support for the British Horse Society Riding Clubs' Horse Welfare Advisers' Scheme for 2003. This sponsorship will allow BRC to provide further training to members, with the aim to provide a Horse Welfare Adviser in every affiliated Riding Club by the end of 2005.
Horse Welfare Advisers offer support to members of their clubs and advice on latest practices and thinking. They are intended to be a first port of call, not by duplicating the valuable work of the established BHS Welfare Officers but providing grass roots support. The BRC Training Committee feels that this scheme is extremely important, as the infrastructure of BRC means there is an opportunity to educate all 36,000 members in the welfare of the horse.
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7th February 2003

Thursday is WEF Challenge Cup day at the Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – February 6, 2003 – The $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup today had 38 horses competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The win went to Windy City and Olympian Lauren Hough of Wellington, Florida. A total of 7 competitors made it to the jump-off round. And there were only 2 horses with clean rounds in the timed jump-off. Lauren and Windy City were faster than second-placed Constantin with German rider Markus Beerbaum. Third place went to the fastest horse with 4 faults in the jump-off, Allegiance, ridden by Laura Kraut from Wisconsin.
Lauren Hough and Windy City also won the $35,000 Grand Prix of Palm Beach on Sunday, February 26, which was the first Grand Prix competition of the series at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.
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7th February 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces Plans for 13th Annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, N—February 6, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host the 13th annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, June 19-22 at the USET’s Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey.

The 2003 event will showcase four equestrian disciplines- dressage, show jumping, endurance, and reining. The nation’s best riders will be vying for USET Championships as well as the right to represent their country in upcoming international competition.
Along with top-level equestrian competition, spectators will be able to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment. A wide range of gourmet dining options as well as a country fair will complement the equestrian activities taking place in three rings. The fair will feature equine demonstrations, falconry and blacksmith demonstrations, the Children’s Coral, as well as vendors offering top-quality jewelry, souvenirs, and products for the home as well as the stable.
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7th February 2003

Florida Dressage Classic Features Top Dressage Riders At All Levels
WELLINGTON, FL -- February 6, 2003 — The Florida Dressage Classic brings top riders back to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds February 13-16 after an 11-day break following the Pan Am Games Selection Trials and USET qualifiers held at the Wellington Dressage CDI (January 30-February 3). USA Equestrian and USDF recognized, the Florida Dressage Classic is the second of three dressage shows to be held at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
More than 140 riders are entered in 46 classes from Training Level through Grand Prix, with approximately 200 horses keeping four dressage rings in action. Several top FEI riders including Jan Brons, Tara Stegen, and George Williams are entered, previewing their freestyles and FEI tests before the next Pan Am Games Selection Trials and USET qualifiers, which are scheduled for March 13-16 at the WEF show grounds. Riders at all levels in the Florida Dressage Classic can compete for scores in ABIC-USDF Qualifiers for the Regional Championships. Talented young riders will contest the FEI Young Rider Team, Individual, and Freestyle classes. A total purse of more than $8,000 is offered. Sponsors include LEGEND Bayer Company, Mingshi Huang, EuroAmerican Saddlery, Passport Publications and Media Corporation, and Dressage in Florida Omnibus.
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7th February 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W BORDEAUX FRANCE 7-9 FEBRUARY 2003
CSI-W VIGO SPAIN 14-16 FEBRUARY 2003
CSI*** NEUMUNSTER GERMANY 13-16 FEBRUARY 2003
SUNSHINE TOUR - SPAIN FEBRUARY/MARCH 2003
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6th February 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
5 February 2003

WORLD CUP DRESSAGE FINAL The World Cup Dressage Final will be held from 27 to 30 March 2003 in Göteborg (SWE). It is the 6th time that the Final is organised in Göteborg. Last time was in 1998 and the Final was won by a home rider Louise Nathhorst on Walk on Top..
FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS There is no big changes in the Top Ten of the FEI Gandini Jumping Riders’ World Rankings lists including events starting from 1 February 2002 to 31 January 2003. Ludger Beerbaum still firmly leads the rankings with 3604 points ahead of Rodrigo Pessoa.

FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS The only Dressage event of January, CDI-W San Patrignano (ITA), did not lead to any change in the Top Ten. Ulla Salzgeber is still Number 1, followed by Nadine Capellmann and Lisa Wilcox. The winner of San Patrignano, Monica Teodorescu, moved up from 17th to 15th place
FEI WORLD CUP DRIVING ON TELEVISION The FEI’s Indoor World Cup Driving Series will be broadcast internationally across Europe and Asia from 5 February 2003. CNBC Sports and ESPN Star Sports will broadcast eight competitions including the final from the 2002/3 Driving Series.
The exciting new series, produced by FEI TV Consultant MBPtv (Producers of the successful FEI World Cup Jumping and Samsung Nations Cup Series), will be broadcast in a thirty-minute format.
DATES OF EUROPEAN REINING CHAMPIONSHIP The final dates of the 1st European Reining Championship were confirmed from 28 to 30 August 2003. The Championship will take place in Reggio Emilia (ITA) in conjunction with the European Championship of the American Quarter Horses.
2002 TOP DRIVER AWARD WINNERS FEI Singles Top Driver Award, FEI Pairs Top Driver Award, FEI Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award
CHANGE OF DATE FOR FEI DRESSAGE COURSE Please note that the dates of the FEI Course for National, Candidate International and International Judges in Jozefin (POL) have been modified. It will take place from 8 through 10 May 2003, instead of 3 and 4 May 2003 as previously announced.
THIS WEEK-END: BORDEAUX CSI-W CAI-W The International Jumping Bordeaux will welcome many of the world’s best Jumping riders for the 10th qualifier of the FEI World Cup Jumping, among which the leader of the current Western European standings Rodrigo Pessoa.
IN MEMORIAM
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6th February 2003
Buy 4 tubes of StrongidTM-P and get a hi-viz riding vest FREE !
Is this a Strongid-P year on your routine worming programme? Then you can take advantage of Strongid-P’s fantastic responsible horse care promotion, which highlights the importance of correct worming and safe riding. Simply purchase 4 tubes of Strongid-P and you will receive a FREE high-visibility riding bib.
The promotion, which runs from 1st February to 1st April 2003, aims to encourage responsible horse ownership by emphasising the regular and rotational use of routine wormers such as Strongid-P, together with ‘be safe, be seen riding’ on the roads.
In the UK one effective method for treating and controlling equine parasites, whilst helping to reduce the risk of resistance, is to annually change the group of wormer used for routine worming. Good pasture management is also important. If worms are exposed to the same wormer year after year they may become resistant to that product’s active ingredient and will be no longer killed by it.
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6th February 2003

Natural Alternatives For Equine Care
Natural remedies are big business in the human world. As we become less confident about the sources and outcomes of traditional pharmaceutical and medical treatments, so more and more of us are taking the natural route to health.
The same is true in the equine world, and visitors to the Midlands Equine Fair at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March will be able to see a range of natural remedies, solutions and treatments at first hand.
Margrit Coates is the UK's leading animal healer who specialises in horses, and she will be discussing hands on healing for horses and answering questions in the Fair's 'Meet the Experts' section.

Lucinda McAlpine, the renowned owner of Brackenhill Stud, will also be at the Midlands Equine Fair discussing her approach to the natural rearing of horses. Over the last five years she has developed a system of stress-free horse management.
Sue Hix of the Rosewell Shiatsu Centre will also be on hand to explain how shiatsu can help horses. Shiatsu has been proved to be very a very effective alternative therapy solution to equine ailments. Said Sue: "One case that is particularly interesting was that of a dressage horse that developed a mysterious lameness and had been unsound for two years. All veterinary checks were clear and the horse did have physiotherapy but remained unsound. The horses needed and received regular work on his back to rebalance the energy of the kidneys and bladder and after a few months the horse is now sound and back in full work.
As well as including tips and advice from these experts, the Midlands equine Fair 'Meet the Experts' area will also include the Society of Master Saddlers, Tricia Nassau Williams who will be available to discuss matters relating to lorinery (bits and bitting), Kate Lugsden from Baileys Horse Feeds who will concentrate on nutrition, Adrienne Vaughan from the Fizz Coaching Clinic, and Wayne Preece, expert on laminitis.
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6th February 2003
Irish Sport Horses make a strong impression at Zurich CSI*****
The Zurich (SUI) CSI***** took place over last weekend, January 30th to February 2nd 2003.
Mr. Springfield (ISH) set a difficult precedent by winning the opening Thursday’s 1m50 Credit Suisse Grand Prix, ridden by Robert Smith (GBR).
In the Movenpick Opening Competition (1m40), World Champion Dermott Lennon (IRE) rode Ginger Watt (ISH) into second place and was followed into fourth place by Quick Flash (ISH) ridden by Samantha McIntosh (BUL).
Friday’s classes saw Dermott Lennon (IRE) in action on both Liscalgot (ISH) and Ginger Watt (ISH). Dermott rode Liscalgot (ISH) into fourth place in the Mercedes Swiss Master 1m50 class and came fifth in the Liebherr Prize 1m50 class. With Ginger Watt (ISH) he took seventh place, behind Quick Flash (ISH) and Samantha McIntosh’s (BUL) sixth, in the Mercedes Jump & Drive class.
Saturday brought Quick Flash (ISH) and Ginger Watt (ISH) together again as they shared joint fifth in the Forbo Knock Out 1m40 class.
The Pontedera (ITA) CSI B also took place over last weekend. At this show Irish Sport Horse Stallion Coolcorron Cool Diamond was ridden by Robert Splaine (IRE) to come fifth in Sunday’s Grand Prix.
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6th February 2003
58th Del Mar National Horse Show features world-class competitors during three week run
DEL MAR Fairgrounds - The 58th Del Mar National Horse Show, renowned for its world-class competition, excitement, pageantry, and picturesque location; is one of the nation's most prestigious annual equestrian events on the West Coast, attracting thousands of North America's finest horses and riders who will compete in three distinct disciplines with more than $300,000 in prize money at stake. The show runs April 17 through May 4 in the Del Mar Arena at the Fairgrounds.
With nearly a week devoted to each of three disciplines, the Del Mar National is literally three horse shows in one. Uniquely American riding skills highlight Western Week April 17-20. Elegance reigns when Dressage moves into the spotlight April 24-27, followed by the breath-taking athleticism of Hunter/Jumper competitions, April 30-May 4.
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6th February 2003

Chris Kappler Has Three Horses Place in the Top Four with 76 Horses Attempting Today.
Wellington, FL – February 5, 2003 – In the Internationale Arena today at the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale the featured jumper class was a $7,500 1.45 meter Time First Jump-off designed by Leopoldo Palacious-Jugo from Venezuela. Chris Kappler was the big winner in this class—he was first-placed on ProFox, third on Korina and fourth on Tango. Pro Fox is a Rhinelander gelding owned by Jorgen Winroth of Lawrenceville, NJ. Pro Fox held the lead with 40 horses still attempting the course after his round and a total of 76 horses in the class. The third-placed mare, Korina, went early in the order of go with Chris and is owned by Moonraker Farm. The only other person to place in the top four was Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY with Authentic – this pair was 2nd. Authentic is owned by John Madden Sales and Elizabeth Bush Burke. Only 9 competitors of the 76 negotiated the first round and jump-off without fault.
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6th February 2003

USA Equestrian Seeks Bids To Host NAYRC
USA Equestrian is currently seeking bids to host the FEI North American Young Riders Championships, for Dressage, Eventing, Reining and Show Jumping, in 2004 and 2005.
As part of the bid process, candidate organizing committees are required to submit an advertising and promotions proposal to ensure the competition is given the prestige it deserves
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5th February 2003
Diamond celebrations for Royal Windsor Horse Show
Royal Windsor Horse Show 14th – 18th May 2003 celebrates its 60th birthday this year and will be marking the occasion with a spectacular recreation of the first ever show held in 1943 as a part of ‘Wings for Victory’, the innovative and successful World War II, national fund raising initiative.
A firm favourite amongst both competitors and spectators, Royal Windsor Horse Show heralds the start of Britain’s outdoor show season. This year’s show will bring together the largest number of horses and classes at a single venue, including the prestigious British Isles Showing Championships, international carriage driving, top class show jumping, sensational shopping and fine foods.
Following on from the success of All The Queen’s Horses, held at Royal Windsor in 2002, the show’s highlight will be the daily staging of the ‘Wings for Victory’ extravaganza. Produced by Sir Michael Parker, Wings for Victory will include aerial displays, a celebration of the horse’s vital role in World War II, both land and air contributions from the RAF and a formation fly past.
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5th February 2003
RIHS Gives More Time To Coloured Horse Classes
Entries in the British Skewbald and Piebald Association coloured Horse classes at last year's Royal International Horse Show were so high that an extra class is being added to the 2003 schedule.
Horses and ponies will now be divided into a lightweight and middleweight section with a second class to cater for the traditional and heavyweight types.
"When demand and standards are so blatantly high we are delighted to give them more time on the schedule," said Hickstead show secretary Lizzie Bunn.
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5th February 2003

Want to learn to ride western?
Post Oak Farm & Guest Ranch outside of Austin, Texas, USA is gearing up for its spring and summer riding programs. A small bed & breakfast guest ranch, Post Oak Farm specializes in ranch holidays for that special traveler who wishes to devote vacation time to learning new equestrian skills or enjoying the peacefulness and quiet of this small working ranch and horse/rider training facility.

The lesson program covers a diverse set of riding disciplines from classical dressage to cutting, from reining to trail classes. Their 445 acres of prime central Texas hill country blooms with masses of wildflowers in spring where ranch rides, cattle herding and goat tending are part of the daily routine. Or, in the heat of summer go straight from the barn to the pool and kick off your boots for a refreshing swim.
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5th February 2003
Compelling Features Make TIEC The Place To Be June 20-22
Demonstration Theater and Yearling Selection Clinic Announced

(Lexington, KY) - Kicking off the conference program for the Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference (TIEC 2003) will be a clinic on Yearling Selection on Friday morning, June 20. The Clinic will be an opportunity for owners, breeders, farm managers and trainers to learn from successful evaluators.
Conference attendees will be shuttled from the Lexington Center to Keeneland Race Track where they can observe top evaluators such as vets, trainers, consigners and owners as they critique yearlings of varying conformations. Attendees will be ringside for the close-up, individual examinations. Then they will proceed to the sales pavilion where the evaluators will explain to the participants what they should be looking for, including conformation flaws and other features that might interfere with training.
Another TIEC feature that promises to be exciting will be the hands-on Demonstration Theater located in the exhibit hall. One of the clinics will include a session on performance profiling, the scientific testing of equine athletic and genetic makeup. Featuring a Thoroughbred on a high-speed treadmill and overhead monitors, this session among others will be held each day of the show (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Lexington Center). Demonstrations include:
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5th February 2003

Garofolo Wins $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup
Gladstone, NJ—February 4, 2003—Judy Garofolo of Dover Plains, NY, rode Higher Ground Farm’s Oliver III to the win in the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, February 2, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. A crowd of more than 6,000 spectators gathered at the show grounds on Grand Prix Sunday for the USET Show Jumping Grand Prix.
Frank Rothenberger of Germany set a difficult 15-obstacle first-round course for the starting field of 35 horse-and-rider combinations. Only four riders went clear in the first round to qualify for the jump-off.
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5th February 2003
Lauren Hough Named USET Athlete of the Month for January 2003
Gladstone, NJ—February 4, 2003— Sydney Olympian Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, has been named the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for January after her victory in the $35,000 Farr Legacy/Western Hay Grand Prix of Palm Beach on January 26.
Hough piloted Windy City to top the field of 32 competitors in the CSI** event. One of only three riders to qualify for the jump-off, Hough jumped a fault-free jump-off round in a time of 37.84 seconds in the first Grand Prix of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
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5th February 2003
Auckland Polo Club joins the web
The Auckland Polo Club, the largest polo club in New Zealand, is the latest from the sport of kings to join the world wide web.
The ancient sport of polo has a huge online following, and the club's new website, at www.aucklandpolo.co.nz, will be a one-stop shop for players wanting to know more about the services the Auckland Polo Club offers.
As well as weekly news and up-to-date results during the season, draws and fixtures are also featured on the site. Early this month the draw for the upcoming New Zealand open will be released first on the website.
The club's general manager, Niki Hulston, says that the website was created in response to demand from players and supporters -- especially those living all or part of the year away from New Zealand. "Now players will be able to access results and draws immediately they are available.
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5th February 2003
Proposal For New NGB Available On USA Equestrian Web Site
The proposal presented to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for a new equestrian national governing body is now available on the USA Equestrian web site at http://www.equestrian.org/EquestrianGovernance/usae-uset-agreement/lexington-model.pdf. This joint proposal was presented February 1, by the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian. Please click here for further details
4th February 2003

Top Riders Qualify for British Open
Organisers Grandstand Event Management Ltd today announced the top twelve British Riders that have qualified for invitations to the British Open Show Jumping Championships 2003 at Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, (24th to 27th April).
Taken from the BSJA rankings list as at 31st December 2002, Robert Smith, Michael and John Whitaker, Tim Stockdale, Richard Davenport, Andrew Davies, Robert Whitaker, Di Lampard, William Funnell, Scott Smith, John Renwick and Mark Armstrong are to join the fifteen invited foreign riders to compete for over £150,000 prize money.
The British Open Show Jumping Championships is the largest indoor international show jumping event to be launched in England for 30 years. It will not only host six International points classes which culminate in Sunday evening's final but will include cash classes each day including The British Open Puissance on Saturday evening.
Interspersing the top class show jumping, the show will also host four exciting displays taking place during both afternoon and evening performances each day.
Visitors to the British Open will also be able to browse through the extensive selection of trade stands, which will make for a great day out for all the family.
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4th February 2003

The Great British Breeding Debate
150 representatives from all parts of the British breeding industry have registered to participate at an open meeting, on 14 February, called by the BEF to gather views and comments on the BEF Breeding Development Programme Plan. A further 100 individuals have asked to receive information about the BDPP, although they are unable to attend the meeting, and more registrations are still coming in.

The programme has been designed to invite comment and discussion, with situation reports from the BDPP working group chairmen followed by an open forum at the end, when a lively debate can be expected!
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4th February 2003

Olympic Dressage Rider Gallops To The Finishing Line

International dressage rider, Jane Bredin from Chippenham in Wiltshire, is hoping to complete her first Flora London Marathon in April at help raise funds for The Blue Cross, Britains pet charity.
Jane, who rode at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and was a World Equestrian Games team member in 1994, has always supported The Blue Cross and their work caring and rehabilitating unwanted horses and ponies. Jane is currently working with new Dressage hopeful, Lucky Star, and plans to try him for the Athens Olympic squad.
Jane said: “I chose to run for The Blue Cross because I wanted to run for a charity which had the same objectives and principles of caring for animals that I have. Running 26 miles will be a real challenge but remembering why I’m doing it will drive me on to the finishing line.”
Jane is running the 26 miles with a friend and both are looking for support from local companies and individuals to help raise over £1,500 for the animal charity.
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4th February 2003

HRH The Princess Royal becomes President of The Pony Club
HRH The Princess Royal has succeeded her father HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as President of The Pony Club.
In this capacity Her Royal Highness recently attended her first meeting of The Pony Club Council, held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London. At the meeting Her Royal Highness was given short talks on The Pony Club and the issues it is currently facing by the Chairman, Lt. Col. Gordon Wesley (Retd.), Show Jumping Committee Chairman, Mrs. Judy Edwards and by the Chairman of the Mounted Games Committee, Mrs Slinger who is also Area Representative for Area 4. Her Royal Highness then met all the members of The Pony Club Council.
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4th February 2003
Firestone Takes A Gamble And Wins The $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix Presented By Cosequin®
Indio, CA (February 2, 2003)—East Coast rider, Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, took the East/West gamble by hopping a plane to California to compete in a World Cup qualifying class—the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, presented by Cosequin. As it turned out, lady luck smiled on Alison as she and her mount Casanova won the class at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Of course a rider needs more than luck for the gamble to pay off, and Firestone proved to be the best of a field of thirty-three entries, including twenty-five World Cup hopefuls.
For her win, Firestone has accumulated 20 points in her quest to qualify for the 2003 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Firestone will fly in again for the next Grand Prix event on February 9th at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Vegas is calling, and Alison Firestone is prepared to take the gamble.
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3rd February 2003
The Irish Draught Horse
The name Irish Draught may be misleading in that many people are surprised to find that the breed is a lighter free-moving animal than the traditional image of the heavy horse. Nevertheless, the ancestry of the breed goes back to the small Irish farm where the farm horse doubled up as a hunter as well as taking the trap or dogcart into the town. However, today the Irish Draught is more sought after for its breeding qualities. In England, the brood mare has been acknowledged as an excellent dam of a hunter when mated with a thoroughbred stallion. Now the Irish Draught stallion is being used more and more to get extra bone and substance in the progeny of the lighter type mare.
The breed has been existence for a century or more, though it has been nearly lost on several occasions. During periods of poverty and famine in Irish history, many breeders gave up registering their animals and it took many hours of work by breed enthusiasts and the Irish Horse Board to get a new stud book started.
The horse has a graceful carriage of head and neck with a big, kind eye, strong limbs with particularly short cannon bones. Despite the power the horse should be free moving and not ponderous. The feet should be like those of a hunter and not like a cart horse. The feet are one of the most important points and the reason why the Irish Draught is required for the breeding of show jumpers is that they have to withstand the concussion from jumping, often on hard surfaces.
Horses by our Registered Irish Draught Stallions are now well to the fore in every discipline. With qualifying horses at the Horse of the Year Show in the Working Hunter, Ridden Hunter, Show Jumping and Cob categories. Our Irish Draught stock is also consistently making best prices at sales.
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3rd February 2003
HorseTV Announces Acquisition of International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Competition Programs
Houston, TX - HorseTV, currently providing 18 hours of equestrian programming each week to millions of North American homes through local television stations, select cable systems, C-Band satellite dishes and certain major markets through DirecTV and DISH local station options, announced this week that it has secured the broadcast rights to almost 75 major international equestrian competitions, including all of the 2003-4 Dressage and Showjumping World Cup qualifying competitions, the 2003 Nations Cup Showjumping series, the new 2003-4 World Cup Indoor Driving series and the 2003 European Championships for Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping.
Long underserved by mainstream television, the huge North American equestrian-enthusiast audience will now be able to view top class international horse sport on a regular basis for the very first time. Initial programming of the competitions will commence mid-Spring. HorseTV is the brainchild of equestrian video veteran Sally Lasater, who has spent many years working on expanding the limited coverage of equestrian sports on television. Launched in January, 2001 and distributed by the America One Television Network, HorseTV broadcasts a wide variety of informational and instructional programs as well as an outstanding array of documentary, show and event programming devoted to owners, riders, breeders and lovers of horses and equestrian sports.
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3rd February 2003

BETA Secures Export Funding For Industry
BETA has again secured sponsorship status and funding to help businesses with the costs of exhibiting at Spoga in Cologne, Germany from August 31 to September 2.
The funding worth nearly £50,000 is a huge boost for the industry and has been made possible through Trade Partners UK, which is the export arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Spoga is one of the major trade shows for the equestrian industry attracting retailers from all over the world.

Last year BETA took one of the largest groups of British exhibitors to the Fair with 19 of the 27 companies exhibiting comprising the official British Group. The Association itself was a first time exhibitor and offered trade members not attending the opportunity to have their product literature displayed on the BETA Industry stand.
As part of the SESA (Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad) scheme, Trade Partners UK will fund 60 per cent of the stand and build costs for each qualifying company.
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3rd February 2003

Big Win forJudy Garofalo and Oliver III in the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup CSI**
Wellington, FL – February 2, 2003 – At the Winter Equestrian Festival today the featured event, the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, saw a field of 35 horse and rider combinations attempt the 15 obstacle course set by Frank Rothenberger of Germany. Only 4 riders had clean first rounds and were in the jump-off. Oliver III and Judy Garofalo of Dover Plains, NY were first to go in the jump-off and put the pressure on with a clean round. Judy and Oliver III held their lead and won the class in a time of 40.21 seconds. Last week’s Grand Prix winner, Lauren Hough was second best with a time of 42.55 seconds and a clean jump-off round. This week Lauren was riding Clasiko, her Olympic mount (last week she rode Windy City to the win). In third place was Candice King riding Quintin. Oliver III, owned by Higher Ground Farm, is a Swedish Warmblood stallion.
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3rd February 2003

Kamila Du Pont and Reveille Win USET Grand Prix Freestyle at Wellington Dressage Classic
Wellington, FL – February 2, 2003 – The final day of the Wellington Dressage Classic, Sunday, proved to be another warm, sunny day with clear skies. The USET Grand Prix Freestyle was won by Kamila Du Pont on Reveille with a total score of 59.583%.
In the Grand Prix Freestyle, Patrick Burssens scored a 72.000% to win riding Marfil followed by Mirja Block on Asarhaddon scoring 66.542%. Third was Julia Vysniauskas with Syntax scoring 63.375%
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3rd February 2003

Pony Club Camp - Own a Pony for a Week
BHS Approved
Residential Pony Club Camp here at Mitchelswood Farm is an opportunity to experience what it is really like to look after a pony of your own. Each child is allocated one of our own horses to suit their size and standard and they are responsible for everything it needs, from morning to night!

Throughout the week pupils will learn about cross country riding, show jumping, flatwork and hacking out on the local lanes and bridleways. Instructed riding lessons are twice a day, plus yard routines and structured stable management classes working towards a variety of Pony Club Achievement Badges.
Children sleep in friendly little tents, inside a big tent, on the lawn adjacent to the main house. Games and activities are organised after yard duties and supper. Indoor facilities include a table tennis table and a 42' heated swimming pool.
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3rd February 2003

Jensen and Kursinski Win $25,000 Dressage-Show Jumping Spectacular
WELLINGTON, FL -- February 1, 2003 -- Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski won the $25,000 Windsome Dressage-Show Jumping Spectacular today, besting a field of 13 pairs. Teamed together for the fifth consecutive year, Jensen, a Grand Prix dressage rider and Olympian for his native country, Denmark, and Kursinski, a Grand Prix show jumper and US Olympian, have logged four wins out of five starts since 1999 (they were second in 2000).
In the two-phase class, the jumpers rode a Third Level dressage test, and the dressage riders jumped a Hit ’N’ Hurry course with heights up to 3’9”. The combined scores determined the final placings. Jensen and Kursinski, who also topped their phases individually, earned $8,000 for the victory. Jules Nyssen and Chris Kappler were second; and Kelly Corrigan and Melissa Canton placed third. Prize money was distributed to sixth place.
Kursinski, riding Jensen’s stallion Columbo, finished first in dressage, earning 65.65% from FEI judges Janet Brown, Natalie Lamping, and Jessica Ransehousen. Kappler placed second with 64.889% aboard Nyssen’s Kilian; Todd Minikus was third with 64.815% riding partner Mimi Block’s Asharhaddon; and Melissa Canton placed fourth with 64.148% on Corrigan’s Marsaelis.
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3rd February 2003

Saturday at Wellington Dressage Classic
Wellington, FL – February 2, 2003 – The Wellington Dressage Classic on Saturday saw George Williams riding Rocher win the USET Grand Prix Special with the high score of 73.400% after winning the USET Grand Prix on Friday as well. In second place on Saturday, with a score of 68.933% was Jan Brons riding Fernando. Lynda Alicki and Impressario took third place with the score of 64.733%.
In the Young Rider Individual Test, Kayce Redmond rode Lupin to the win with a score of 67.179%. Trae LaPorte and Fleetwood were second with 65.726% and Michael F. Shondel and Wallaby were third placed with 65.299%.
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3rd February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI** Pontedera Italy 31 January - 2 February 2003
GRAND PRIX
Sunday, February 2, 2003
1) M. Giunti (ITA) Landru, 2) K. Staut (FRA) Djakarta Vandrin, 3) S. Benvenuti (FRA) Firmament II, 4) G. Mattar (BRA) Adonis BZ, 5) Robert Splaine (IRL) Coolcorron Cool Diamond
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2nd February 2003
BHS Joins With Hickstead To Find Young Showing Stewards
Hickstead and the British Horse Society are jointly considering a scheme to find and train the show stewards of the future.
An Apprentice Steward Scheme would seek young candidates from British Horse Society members and non-members and these would be asked to a selection day.
Those chosen to join the scheme will be invited to a briefing and training day before the BHS-owned Royal International Horse Show (July 23-27).
Hickstead show secretary Lizzie Bunn has been concerned about replacing stewards as they retire or move out of the area. Because of her worries, this scheme was suggested by showing director Roger Stack, who was supported at a recent meeting by BHS chief executive Mrs Kay Driver.
"The whole showing structure in this country relies on volunteers, and not enough new ones are coming forward," said Mr Stack. "This scheme, we hope, will encourage young people who can benefit from working with the experienced stewards they will ultimately replace."
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2nd February 2003
The Great Icelandic Horse Fair is coming to a state near you!
ICELANDICS on ICE is the COOLEST equine event in the WORLD!

Icelandics are coming! Icelandics are coming! The Great Icelandic Horse Fair is preparing a great adventure in the beginning of September 2003. Accompanied by a television film crew, a group of twelve professional riders, trainers, clinicians and breeders with 12 specially selected imported Icelandic horses will be touring from New York to New Mexico over a six weeks period. This adventure is to introduce the unique 5-gaited horse breed from Iceland and the TGIHF group will demonstrate the distinctive skills of these horses with their trademark shows on ice at indoor ice arenas in each state they visit. This event includes everything from tolt competition to dancing with ice skaters and is definitely the coolest equine event in the world!
TGIHF is the first group to introduce this horse breed on ice in the US and has performed at three very successful events here. During the upcoming tour, the TGIHF group will also be visiting as many schools and Universities with equine programs as possible.
Beginning in September, TGIHF will be in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
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2nd February 2003

Legally-Blind Rider Tory Watters Jumping The Big Jumps At The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida -- February 3, 2003 -- Many of us cannot imagine getting on a horse under any circumstances. Some have had bad experiences while “in the saddle”. Others would only contemplate getting on a pokey horse at, let us say, a dude ranch and walking down a well-traveled path with a guide. But who could possibly imagine jumping a horse over really, really big jumps with a gauzy blindfold over their eyes? Well, one prominent, legally-blind, amateur rider has been doing this -- and doing it successfully -- for over 20 years!
Tory Watters was a happy, athletic, horse-crazy teenager, living in Cincinnati with her parents, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and damaged optic nerves. Tory had been riding horses since the age of two and had been winning blue ribbons in the children’s hunter division for many years. At the age of 14, major headaches and blurred vision resulted in a life-changing operation and the removal of a malignant tumor. No follow-up radiation was required, and, luckily, the cancer was stopped in its tracks. However, Tory was left with no vision in her right eye and with 20/200 vision in her left eye.
So where did Tory go from there? Right back to what she always loved and knew best: horses, jumping and competition. While Tory sees life as a big, impressionist painting, she has learned to adjust. There is nothing -- short of driving a car --- that Tory cannot and will not do. Her positive attitude and supportive family life have made Tory a winner in more ways than one.
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2nd February 2003
"Irish Field" Dressage Rider Of The Year Award - A Hat Trick For Anna Merveldt-Steffens
Senior Irish International rider, Anna Merveldt-Steffens from Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare is the winner of the prestigious "Irish Field" Dressage Rider of the Year award for the third year in a row.
The German based Merveldt-Steffens was the leading Irish rider at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. She had a storming finish the 2002 season with top ten placings in Stuttgart and in the Grand Prix at the Munich indoor show. On the first Sunday in December riding Fosbury, a 15 year old Westphalian gelding owned by her trainer Johann Hinnemann she won the Munich Grand Prix Speciale. Third place in the Grand Prix class at the Milan Masters in Italy a fortnight later set her up for a grand finale on her final international outing in 2002 and she duly delivered scoring over 70% with Fosbury for a clear cut victory in the €10,000 Milan Masters Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music) .
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2nd February 2003
USA Equestrian And USET Agree To Joint Resolution Of NGB Dispute
A new era for equestrian sports began on Saturday, February 1, 2003, when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Membership and Credentials Committee received a plan jointly proposed by USA Equestrian (USAE) and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) to create a new NGB for the sport incorporating the strengths of each organization.
The joint agreement resolves the question of governance of the sport and ends an agonizing period of dispute with a solution that all parties heartily endorse.
The new plan became a reality when signed by USAE President Alan Balch, Vice President David O'Connor and Treasurer Kathy Meyer and by USET Chairman Frank Lloyd, President Armand Leone and Secretary Eric Straus. It calls for the formation of a new corporate entity to assume all the current functions of USAE and USET with the main fundraising efforts handled by two new supporting organizations.
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2nd February 2003

USA Equestrian and USET Agree To Joint Resolution of NGB Dispute
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—February 1, 2003—A new era for equestrian sports began on Saturday, February 1, 2003 when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Membership and Credentials Committee received a plan jointly proposed by USA Equestrian (USAE) and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) to create a new NGB for the sport incorporating the strengths of each organization.
The joint agreement resolves the question of governance of the sport and ends an agonizing period of dispute with a solution that all parties heartily endorse.

The new plan became a reality when signed by USAE President Alan Balch, Vice President David O’Connor and Treasurer Kathy Meyer and by USET Chairman Frank Lloyd, President Armand Leone and Secretary Eric Straus. It calls for the formation of a new corporate entity to assume all the current functions of USAE and USET with the main fundraising efforts handled by two new supporting organizations.
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2nd February 2003

Dressage on Friday at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – February 1, 2003 – The Wellington Dressage was in top-notch gear Friday with sunny skies and temperatures is the high 70’s. As this competition is a selection trial for the Pan-Am Games, the pressure is intensifying.
The FEI Grand Prix “A” was won by Oded Shimoni on Genstern (67.813%) while Kenneth Dyrby and Armando were second with a 66.250% score. The USET Grand Prix “A” was won by George Williams riding Rocher with a score of 73.889%. In second place was Lynda Alicki on Impressario scoring 65.625%.
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2nd February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Zurich Switzerland 30 January - 2 February 2003
Mercedes Jump & Drive, Internationale Jumping Competition, Table C 1m35
1) KONCORDE; Werner MUFF (SUI), 2) FRESH DIRECT GLENWOOD SPRINGS; Tim STOCKDALE (GBR), 3) COOLMAN; Steve GUERDAT (SUI)
Dannemann-Prize, International Jumping Competition, Table A
1) ANDINI BIANCA D'AMOURY; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA), 2) L.B. POMPIDU; Beat MANDLI (SUI), 3) FIGARO'S BOY; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER)
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