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BETA International 16-18 Feb. 2003 - A Host of Innovations
Brilliant Show For BETA
BETA International Best Stand Award Winners
Following on from BETA International 2003 you will see the latest fashions and saddlery equipment in your local retailer. :
BETA New Product Awards

Featured Articles:
The Training Tree: Balance
The Irish Draught Horse
Proof That Horses Have A Life After Racing!
Federation Equestre Internationale News

1st March 2003
For The Riding Boot Buyer: Read This, It May Change Your Life!
Suffering from back problems whilst in the saddle?
Most riders are not aware that many of the back problems stem from the feet caused by the incorrect balance in riding boots.
Having to push the heels down forcibly whilst at the same time trying to keep control over your feet in the stirrup, puts a lot of strain on all the muscles and joints below the belt including the lower back. As our bodies were not designed to endure such continuous strain, something will have to give.
Many riders are hardly aware that subconsciously they adjust the foot position in the stirrup continuously in order to keep control over the feet.
This is because almost all riding boots are balanced as fashion footwear with the sole to ground contact about 1 to 1½ inch behind the ball of the foot. Whilst this may be ideal for walking, when in the saddle, even with applying some pressure, it makes it difficult to keep the foot steady in the stirrup iron.
When you try to put your foot in the correct position flat on the tread plate of the stirrup iron, the boot forces the heel to come up.
But when you the try to push your heel down, the boot forces the toes to rise, disengaging most of the contact with the tread plate of the stirrup iron. Upon close examination you will find that the foot just rests onto the inner edge of the tread plate. In severe cases, only by putting the iron in front of the ball of the foot, can you maintain for a little while some form of control over the foot, but that will make the position even more precarious and increases the body stresses even more.
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1st March 2003

ILPH (NZ) goes on a "Virtual Ride"
The International League for the Protection of Horses (New Zealand) is going into cyberspace to promote its activities throughout the country.
Instead of taking to the state highways, the ILPH Virtual Reality Ride and Drive will go through 2000km of New Zealand on the computer screen. Administrator Marilyn Bright says that the ILPH (NZ) Welfare Officer's vehicle covers about 5000km per month, investigating horse welfare complaints received from members of the public. Mileage donations will help keep the ILPH jeeps on the road, and ILPH headquarters in Great Britain -- which set the challenge -- will double all money raised in the campaign.
With a coverage area from the top of the North Island to the Deep South, the International League for the Protection of Horses (New Zealand) helps to solve horse welfare problems all over the country.
The league is asking for donations of $NZ5 per km, and a donation of $NZ10 or more -- and a New Zealand contact address -- will get supporters an entry in the ILPH Members' Draw to win a Pat Parelli Natural Horse.Man.Ship Savvy Pack. A progress tracking map is on the ILPH website, and the draw takes place on 4 April 2003.
"This 2003 Virtual Reality Ride and Drive is a fundraising challenge, and we really appreciate the help that New Zealand horse-lovers are giving us," says Marilyn Bright.
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1st March 2003

Two New Equine Websites Launched
Claygate Sports Horses has ended after 2 successful years of online trading, due to reorganisation of the content (promotion of French breeding on one side and promotion of UK equine businesses on the other).
Instead, 2 new equine websites have been launched :
1- http://www.equinebusiness.co.uk : which enables all Equestrian Businesses and Services in the UK (including studs) to advertise their activity online. Equine Business UK goes the extra mile in order to offer more than a simple link : it is the only website offering equestrian businesses a detailed personalised webpage dedicated entirely to their activity FOR FREE in an online catalogue.
2- http://www.frenchbreeders.com : a website dedicated to share its passion for sports horse breeding in France by promoting the best of France's amazing equine athletes world-wide : The Selle Français and French bred Anglo-Arab. View all horses for sale with full pedigree and pictures, contact the breeders directly, learn about French breeds, the equine industry in France, stallions and mares grading, how to import a French horse, studbook registration rules and much more.

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1st March 2003

BETA Raises Funds For The RDA At Show
THROUGHOUT the three days, the team on the BETA stand were not only working hard gain new members and talk to visitors.
As part of the 25th Anniversary staff also helped to raise money for the RDA with a number of innovative competitions and draws.
The BETA Brain Box challenge which asked entrants to answer 10 questions about BETA over the last 25 years went down well with many entries all wanting to win a host of prizes kindly donated by exhibitors.

These included TopSpec Equine, Matchmakers International, Vale Brothers, Zilco, Horsehage, Pegasus Health, Thorowgood, FBI, Air O Wear, Feedmark, Hill Brush Company, PI Associates/Poly Pads, Weatherbeeta.
There was also the chance to win of a day with top international event rider Ian Stark which was kindly donated by main Trade Fair sponsor for the last four year's, Merial under their Eqvalan brand.
The deadline on the competitions has been extended until March and the winners will then be announced.
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1st March 2003
Equissage to sponsor JumpCross
EQUINE physiotherapy expert, Equissage is to sponsor the thrilling new team sport of JumpCross.
The sponsorship is an exciting move for Equissage, part of Niagara Healthcare plc, as the equine division increases its presence in the world of equine sports.
JumpCross combines the thrill of cross country with the technicality of showjumping and is currently held at Grange Farm Equestrian Centre in Peterborough, Brechin Castle in Scotland, Strathearn Eventing Centre, Crief and Plumpton College, East Sussex.
Riders compete in pairs over a 2km course which includes up to 25 knock-down obstacles. Classes are held for seniors and juniors with jumps ranging from 2ft 9ins to 3ft 9ins. There is also a mini class open to seven to 11-year-old riders.
Horses, riders and teams collect points over the season giving them a league ranking. Section leaders will be presented with their prizes at the Championships which, this year, will be in October at Peterborough.
Anyone can enter JumpCross events but riders need to register for either an annual or day licence to take part.
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1st March 2003
New Trustee co-opted to British Horse Society Board
The British Horse Society is delighted to announce that Patrick Print FBHS has been co-opted onto the Board of Trustees following his appointment as Chairman of the Training & Education Advisory Group. He replaces Islay Auty FBHS who has completed her three-year term of office as Chairman and therefore stands down from the Board.
Like Mrs Auty, Patrick is a Fellow of the BHS, gaining his qualification in the same year as his predecessor, 1995. The 47 year old freelance trainer teaches both at home and abroad, is a BHS Chief Examiner and a British Riding Clubs Master Judge. He was also the BHS Scottish National Coach from 1982-87 and then chaired the Scottish Training Committee from 1987 for a number of years.
Patrick says his main interest is in uniting the horse world, and during his term of office he says he wants "..to bring the ordinary rider and trainer to the fore, promoting the Society's Instructors' qualifications."
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1st March 2003

The Home Stretch: Wellington’s Final Week Hosting The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida – February 28, 2003 – The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival will be in Wellington for just another week before moving on to Tampa. So, if you haven’t made it to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club quite yet, there is still a week of exciting horseshowing left.
This Sunday, March 2, the top jumper horses and riders from around the world will be competing for World Cup points, as well as hefty prize money, in The $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open Grand Prix. The World Cup Finals will take place in Las Vegas in April.
Next week, March 5-9, is The Cosequin Wellington Finale. On Friday, March 7, the featured competition will be The Samsung Nations Cup in which 4-member teams from the U. S., Canada and Ireland square of against one another. Competing for the U. S. will be Lauren Hough, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Margie Goldstein-Engle; Schuyler Riley is the team alternate.
The Festival’s final Wellington grand prix will take place on Sunday, March 9 with The $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Grand Prix.
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1st March 2003
Canadian Rider Mario Deslauriers Wins The $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (February 28, 2003)—Mario Deslauriers partnered with Kathleen, an eight-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Silver Oak Farm, to win Thursday's $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Deslauriers and Kathleen placed second in the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix held during Week II of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. The pair also won the season's opening $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Deslauriers has been chosen as a team member to represent Canada in the upcoming Samsung Nations' Cup, and he is preparing Kathleen for that competition. Judging by their performance over the past four weeks, the duo seem ready for the challenge.
Tracy Fenney advanced to the jump-off with two mounts, Naboo and Grace, and it was on Naboo that she secured second place. Aaron Vale rode Picasso for third place, the same placing the pair achieved in last week's $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix.
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1st March 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces U.S. Team for CSIO Wellington
Gladstone, New Jersey—February 27, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the U.S. team that will compete at CSIO Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival, March 5-9 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, at which the primary competition is the Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by CN.
The four riders, chosen based on their ranking on the USET Show Jumping Computer List as of January 24, 2003, are Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL; Lauren Hough of Ocala, FL; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY; and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. The alternate for the team is Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL.
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1st March 2003

A Horse, Of Course
by Don Blazer
There are "old" hoss traders and there are "cheatin" hoss traders, but there are no "old, cheatin" hoss traders.
The combination doesn't promote longevity.
Ira always wanted to be a cowboy. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
When he was 15, he was learning to rope, training horses for resale and riding sale horses through the ring at an auction barn in New Jersey. Had nothing to do with cows.
"I also worked at Madison Square Garden when they had a rodeo. I tried to buy some of the grand entry parade stock, but mostly ended up with unbroke broncs. "I can remember some days when I had wild horses running through the streets." Still had nothing to do with cows.
Fairly successful at training and trading horses on the East coast, Ira, like many of the young men of his day, went West. He ended up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he expanded his trading business. When he thought he was ready, he headed home and opened his own horse sale barn.
"Went broke," Ira readily admits. "I was 24 or 25 and had nothing. Maybe I should have bought and sold cows."
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28th February 2003
Talking Horse...........
Many of us who saw the film or read the book "The Horse Whisperer" will have been intrigued and inspired by the story of Monty Roberts Monty, who was played by heart-throb Robert Redford in the film, trains horses by simply "talking" to them rather than using traditional methods. He specialises in animals that have problems or are deemed "impossible" and using a special technique has had some spectacular results!
This ancient art will be the subject of one of the fantastic demonstrations taking place at this year's Equus Horse Event (3-6 April, ExCel, Docklands, London). Britain's top "horse whisperer" Kelly Marks, will be giving daily presentations with some of her equine charges including the majestic 3 year old stallion "Antics".
Kelly, who has also been seen on the popular TV programme "Barking Mad" solving equine problems, is the originator of the Monty Roberts Educational Courses and the founder of the Intelligent Horsemanship organisation. She was inspired by Monty when, working with racehorses in 1992, she went to see a demonstration by "a Californian Horse Psychologist" who was going to begin breaking-in to young horses. She watched as Monty worked with two different horses letting them run about freely, then willing follow him of their own accord. He was able to saddle them and, after a while, ride them - a process that normally takes many weeks or months.
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28th February 2003

A New Relationship Develops Through DEFRA's Official For The Horse
Graham Cory, DEFRA's Official for the Horse, paid his first visit to the BEF on Friday 14 February, with two other representatives from the Horse Industry Team, Robert McCann and Judith Marsden.
The Chief Executives of the BEF Member Bodies each gave a presentation outlining their organisation's work, structure and aims. The Sporting Members gave the Team an insight into their respective disciplines, and Andrew Finding gave an overall view of the Federation and its work.

Aside from his responsibility for equine issues, Mr Cory is Head of DEFRA's Rural Economies and Strategy Division. This gives him a particular interest in the horse's contribution to rural economies, which he recognised was considerable, and its position as a vital element in many rural communities. For this reason, DEFRA is keen to work with the BEF and other industry bodies to agree a long term strategy to promote the horse and its place in rural England. He was particularly interested to learn from Members about how the 2001 FMD epidemic had affected their operations.
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28th February 2003

ILPH Bob the Cob at Equus 2003
Diary Date :
Equus, The Horse Event, at ExCel, Docklands, London, from 3 to 6 April
ILPH Bob the Cob, who opened Equus last year, has been invited once again this year to represent the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses).

Equus will provide the perfect horse based springboard for Bob to launch his Fan Club officially, which was sadly postponed at Olympia last year due to quarantine restrictions at ILPH Hall Farm Snetterton, where Bob is based.
Fans will be able to meet him daily in the Horse and Rider Healthy Horse Demonstration Yard and at 1 pm in the Watch the Stars Warm-up Arena.
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28th February 2003
NDSA to Host a Clinic on the I.P.E.C. Classification Process for Riders and Drivers With Physical Disabilities
Kingston, RI—February 27, 2003—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) will host a clinic to train physical therapists and physicians to classify riders and drivers with physical disabilities for competition according to the I.P.E.C. standard.
The clinic, to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, May 30 – June 1, 2003, is designed to teach physical therapists and physicians what the I.P.E.C. system for classifying athletes is and how to use it effectively. It will include instruction in the process of classification, and also cover the rules of I.P.E.C. competition and hands-on workshops overseen by internationally-recognized classifiers.
In order to ensure fair competition among riders and drivers with disabilities, the I.P.E.C. categorizes these athletes into Grades I-IV according to their abilities, not their riding or driving skill. Grade I consists of athletes with the most severe disabilities, while Grade IV is for those with the least.
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28th February 2003
Top Dressage Judges to Attend Forum Hosted by Bethany Peslar
Wellington, Florida – February 27, 2003 – If you haven’t already registered for The Dressage Judges’ Forum being hosted by Bethany Peslar at her Everglades Dressage farm complex in Wellington next week, you’ll unfortunately be missing out on one of the season’s premier dressage events.
The over-subscribed Forum, held as part of USA Equestrian’s Continuing Education Program, filled up early-on with the maximum 160 attendees. The Forum will be closed to auditors and/or spectators. All USA Equestrian-licensed dressage judges and eventing judges are required to participate in continuing education programs, such as the Forum, from time to time. Given the spectacular facilities of Bethany’s Everglades Dressage, it is no wonder that next week’s Forum is a sell-out.
The Forum’s two panelists will be internationally-renowned judges Hilda Gurney and Mariette Withages from Belgium. Robin Brookman will speak on dressage for disabled riders. Some of the attending judges, top in the dressage community, will include Jane Ayers, Carol Lavell, Suzanne Handler, Linda Zang and Mary Ann McPhail.
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28th February 2003
Third Annual Fiesta Day Celebrates Hispanic Culture - Sunday March 9th
INDIO, CA (February 27, 2003)—Fiesta Day, a celebration of Hispanic culture, returns for its third year at the Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show on Sunday, March 9, in Indio, California. Festivities with a Hispanic flavor are scheduled from 12pm until 3pm. The special guest star of Fiesta Day is famed Hollywood horse trainer and champion roper, Ramon Becerra. Ramon will work with groups of children throughout Fiesta Day as well as performing in the main show ring. Visitors to HITS Desert Horse Park will also be treated to a day of family fun with strolling mariachis, authentic Mexican food from local restaurants, a KUNA Radio Remote broadcast, Charro and Escaramuza exhibitions (Mexican Rodeo riders), folkloric dancers and singers, free pony rides, and a bouncy house plus educational activities and career information.
A newly published, bilingual children's coloring book "El Mondo del Caballo/The World of the Horse" will be given free to all children attending Fiesta day. Young people attending will also receive a full-color pamphlet—Careers in the Horse Industry/Carerras en la Industria Equina. The pamphlet is bilingual—Spanish and English—and provides information on the wide range of career opportunities available in the horse industry.
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28th February 2003

Schuyler Riley and Ilian Win the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup by 7/10ths of A Second
Wellington, FL – February 27, 2003 – Schuyler Riley and Ilian won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup today over 41 other competitors. South Beach Stables owns Ilian, a bay gelding from Holland, who had 4 faults in the jump-off with a time of 37.02 seconds. Second-placed Profox with Chris Kappler also had 4 faults but a slower time of 37.73 seconds. Six horses qualified for the jump-off - 3 horses had 8 faults, and 1 horse was eliminated in the jump-off. Profox is a Rhinelander owned by Jorgen Winroth.
Margie Engle won the $2,500 1.35 m Time First Jump-off with Naram. Impressive as this pair won the same class yesterday, Wednesday. Naram is owned by Shay Whitney Griese and beat 74 horses today and was best in a field of 88 horses yesterday.
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28th February 2003

Bob Jeffreys on the Air!
Bob and Suzanne will announce the winner of the Young Adult Scholarship Essay contest on the air! This Friday at 8:05 am tune in to WTBQ, 1110 am, when Allison Dunne will help them reveal the name of the young person who wrote the winning essay! First prize is a scholarship to Bob’s Trainer Education Program Level 1
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28th February 2003

Frank Chapot To Serve as USET Show Jumping Coach/Chef d’Equipe Through 2004
Gladstone, New Jersey—February 27, 2003—Show Jumping Hall of Famer Frank Chapot, who has served as the United States Equestrian Team’s (USET) Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe and Coach since the retirement of Bert de Nemethy in 1980, will continue in that role through 2004.
Chapot, whose career includes riding in six Olympic Games and serving as Chef d’Equipe in five, had his contract renewed by the USET for the next two seasons that will include Pan American Games in 2003 and Olympic Games in 2004.
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27th February 2003
New Pony Club Chief Executive
Sian Thomas BA , has been appointed as Chief Executive of The Pony Club.
Ms. Thomas brings a wealth of commercial experience to Britain’s third largest youth organisation, her career to date having included publishing and retailing in a range of management, marketing and operational roles. A co-founder in 1986 of venture-capital backed Headline Book Publishing (now Hodder Headline, a subsidiary of W H Smith Plc), and founder marketing director in 1997 of Tim Waterstone’s Daisy & Tom children’s department` stores, Sian is herself a former Pony Club Member (Swansea) and currently has 5 horses at her home near Moreton-in-Marsh. She is the first woman to be appointed to the role since The Pony Club was founded in 1929.
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27th February 2003
Carriage Driving Stars Step Out At Midlands Equine Fair
Carriage driving stars Dick Lane and Gary Docking will be showing the crowds the full extent of their skill at this year's all-indoor Midlands Equine Show, due to be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March.
Dick Lane represented Great Britain in the World Equestrian Games in Spain. Last year was a good season for Dick, who finished second in the points league of the National Horse Driving Trials circuit and third at the National Championships.
He was introduced to the sport of carriage driving by Pippa Bassett and has worked his way through from single, tandem, pair and finally to horse team. The team of Lipizzaner geldings that Dick drives has represented Great Britain on two occasions when they were owned by Pippa.
At present, Dick is preparing for the next World Championships in Hungary in 2004, but he will be taking time out of his busy schedule to put on a good show at the Midlands Equine Fair. As part of hiss et he will introduce the horses to the crowd, and take them through the procedure of harnessing up and putting to, explaining about the harness and the carriage. He will also build an obstacle in the arena and drive it with the team. Anyone can ask him questions about the sport, and for one lucky visitor there will be the opportunity to ride the course with Dick.
Also at the Fair will be Gary Docking, one of the sport's most colourful characters who has earned himself the title Mr Private Driving.
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27th February 2003
Natural health for animals
If your pet is injured or unwell or you simply wish to boost your pets health naturally, visit the website which is 'dedicated to providing information on how we can naturally look after our pets in sickness and in health'.
naturallypaws.com, is a non-profit making website offering advice on where to seek complementary treatments for your pet. Many people now prefer to go the natural route , when appropriate and this site has all sorts of useful tips and advice; it also has some wonderful case studies, which you may find really inspiring. It also has advice on how to prevent your animal becoming ill!! They also have an A-Z of Common Pet Ailments which has some invaluable advice.
You'll also find directories of services and suppliers, book reviews, contributions from the naturallypaws.com team of vets, product reviews and, of course, updated reports on complementary treatments available today.
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27th February 2003
The UKtv Home Report : Pets Win Prizes
The old adage that we're a 'nation of pet lovers' rings true this week, as UKTV release findings from The UKTV Home Report: 2003. In the UK a man's best friend is indeed his pet; as over three quarters of the population (77%), of those surveyed who own a pet, say that their four legged friends are treated like a member of the family. A further 9% say that their pets are treated 'like Royalty'.
Scots are found to be the UK's biggest pet lovers with 85% saying that their pets are treated like a member of the family but Northerners must have the most pampered pooches - 17% of Northerners surveyed think their pets are treated like Royalty. As a contrast, in the West Country no one surveyed said that they treated their pets 'like Royalty' but 18%, the highest figure in the country, said their pets are treated like pets... much loved but out in the kennel.
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27th February 2003

Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open Began Today at Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – February 26, 2003 –The Winter Equestrian Festival continues this week as the Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open. In the Internationale Arena, the featured event today was the $7,500 1.45 m Time First Jump Off Class which was won by McLain Ward riding Pinocchio. Laura Chapot was second riding her own Little Big Man. Course designer for the Internationale Arena this week is Prof. Arno Gego of Germany. Margie Engle was the big winner in the DeNemthy Arena today. Margie won the 1.35 m Class with Naram owned by Shay Whitney Griese, beating 88 horses. And Margie won the 1.40 m Class with Nobility owned by Robert Pergament.
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27th February 2003

Blazer at Expo 2003
"The potential for making money with horses has never been so great," says author/trainer Don Blazer who will explain how and why at the Idaho Horse Council Expo 2003.
"Choose to do the thing you love with horses, and then you can create a very profitable business," Blazer promises. "The horse world is expanding and demanding, but very willing to pay for the myriad of satisfactions only the horse can provide."
Blazer will also explain how "Horse Training Is Just Horse Talking" at Expo 2003 to be held at the Canyon County Fair Grounds, Caldwell, April 4, 5, and 6. The Expo will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Blazer will speak twice each day-once on each subject--on Saturday and Sunday.
"We actually never train a horse to do any of the exercises we require," Blazer said. "The horse can stop, spin, back and do flying lead changes within hours of his birth. All we actually do is teach a common language so the horse performs the exercise we request."
"Communication is the path to brilliant, willing performances," Blazer says. "Domination results only in submission."
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27th February 2003
Vejer De La Frontera, Vilamoura and Indio (USA) Results
Vejer De La Frontera CSI A in Spain continued last weekend with another win for Diamond Carat (ISH) and Niall Talbot (IRE) in the 1m30 class on Friday, February 21st. Gandini Stardust VI (ISH) also repeated last weekends performance by winning Saturday’s 1m45 class ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA).
Across the border in Vilamoura, Portugal, Sunday’s Vilamoura CSI* Grand Prix saw Bornacoola (ISH) ridden by Capt. Gerry Flynn (IRE) take third place, with Lt. Shane Carey (IRE) and Ballycumber (ISH) behind them in fifth place.
Over in the US, at the Indio CSI W, last Thursday’s Ariat Grand Prix found Andy (ISH), ridden by Rich Fellers (USA), in fourth place while fellow Irish Sport Horse Ado Annie took fifth with rider Will Simpson (USA). Ado Annie (ISH) went on to come joint sixth in Sundays $50,000 Rio Vista FEI World Cup Grand Prix, sharing this placing with Eezy (ISH) and Duncan McFarlane (USA).
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27th February 2003

Computer Horse
Lack of a computer has not stopped Fay Howell of Milan, New Mexico from taking one of New Mexico State University's most popular online courses. The college has generously offered to let students who sign up for the course, Training Performance Horses, and live within driving distance from the college, use the computers in the college library. Howell is taking advantage of this opportunity.
"The minute I read about the course I desperately wanted to take it, but I didn't have a computer," said Howell, who has been around horses for 20 years. When I inquired at the college, they told me I could use theirs. I am so grateful for the college's consideration. I have now studied three of the nine lessons and have already worked out a better feeding program for my horses."
Like all students who take the course, Howell also appreciates one of the program's main attraction, which is not setting a limited time for completing the course. Most students work with horses and have no time for set classes. With this course, they have free time, can get their lessons by computer and can learn at their own pace. When students finish the course successfully, they receive a certificate of recognition from the college.
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26th February 2003
Robinsons "New Dawn"
Robinsons are pleased to announce the development of a new Superstore following the loss of their store to a devastating fire last September. The new Superstore will be built at the site of the old store, near Haydock Racecourse in Lancashire but will differ greatly from the original.
The 24,000 sq ft Superstore will be spread over two storeys, allowing 80% more showroom space and creating room for 25% more car parking. Unlike the previous store, this building will not feature a feedstore, as Robinsons now intend to develop this aspect of their retail operation separately. It is anticipated that building work will commence in early to mid-March with the opening date tentatively scheduled for some time in the Autumn.
Marketing Manager Paul Bentham was upbeat about the impact of the new Superstore, which will easily become the biggest of its kind in the UK, saying, "Immediately after the fire last year, we were at pains to say we'd be back bigger and better. Perhaps that might have sounded like bravado at the time, the sort of thing that people expect to hear after a setback, but this really proves how much we meant it. It's a massive step forward for us. Many people thought that we couldn't improve on our old store but in reality, we had become frustrated by its limitations. With the new Superstore, we're actually addressing all the annoyances and shortcomings we'd been living with for the last ten years. Now we will be able to see what we can really achieve with a building that suits our needs. Some of the improvements did not take long to identify. Space was obviously our biggest priority. Other things we wanted to do were discussed first with staff who had worked at the old store and whose day-to-day knowledge was important. Finally, we have spent over two months consulting customers. Not only is it good to know we weren't doing much wrong before, but they have been very clear about the things they want to see more of, like a bigger 'Nose Bag' café. I promise all our customers that they won't be disappointed."
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26th February 2003
Tellington Touch workshop - caring for your dog, naturally.
Is your dog fearful, aggressive, pull on the lead, scared of loud noises or chew? These and many more are issues typically covered by the Tellington Touch method, a natural way to train and care for your dog.
The Tellington Touch Method (Ttouch) is taught as a non-invasive method of physical touches which are completely non-habitual and then combined with simple ground exercises. They are designed to communicate & educate dogs (or ANY animal) without fear or force, thereby helping them to overcome common problems. Ttouch supports the dog in the moment and in its life as a whole and so reinforces our bond with our dogs out of mutual respect.
This one day introductory workshop covers such things as; why Ttouch works, cellular memory, intent, Calming Signals (which is how a dog communicates with us), how stress affects our dogs, negative re-inforcement and a suitable selection of the Tellington Touches themselves.
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26th February 2003

Gene Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. Lend a Helping Hand to Horses ‘N Heroes of South Florida
Wellington, Florida – February 24, 2003 – Gene Mische, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc., has reached out yet again to help a group of underprivileged/challenged children and adolescents: this time, it’s Horses ‘N Heroes of South Florida. Mr. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. produce and manage The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival currently being held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington through March 9, 2003.
Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Mische, several Horses ‘N Heroes participants will be able to compete at The Festival without cost, with stabling, feed, shavings and entry fees provided by Stadium Jumping.
Horses ‘N Heroes of South Florida is an 8-year-old horseback riding program for children and adolescents who are underprivileged, mentally or physically challenged, or abused, regardless of economic circumstance. Based at a stable in Delray Beach, Florida, these young people come to Horses ‘N Heroes for training in all levels of horsemanship, including the care of the horses they ride. They bathe and groom the horses, muck and bed their stalls, keep their water buckets clean and take care of all of the horses’ needs.
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26th February 2003
Seidel Wins U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final
Seidel, Williams and McDonald to represent U.S. at 2003 Dressage World Cup Final
Guenter Seidel riding the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, Nikolaus 7, scored 77.650 in the freestyle, to win the U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final presented by USA Equestrian.
In the field of 8 riders, 6 declared their intent to compete for the U.S. slot at the 2003 Dressage World Cup Finals in Göteborg, Sweden, March 27 - 30. Prior to the event, Sue Blinks and Nancy Polozker announced that they did not wish to be included in the League Final. This year, the World Cup Organizing Committee and the FEI Dressage Committee, increased the number of participants in the finals from 11 to 18. This paved the way for George Williams and Rocher, a 12-year-old Westphalian mare, the winners of the Grand Prix with a score of 70.640, to join Guenter Seidel and Nikolaus 7 and wild card participants Debbie McDonald and Brentina as U.S. representatives in the finals.
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26th February 2003

Riders Announced For 2003 Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse
WELLINGTON, FL (February 24, 2003) — This year marks the third annual Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon presented by Outback Steakhouse, and the event continues to attract the superstars of equestrian sport. The select 12 who will compete in this year’s Triathlon have been announced – the dressage riders are Lynda Alicki, Bent Jensen, Ashley Holzer, and Betsy Steiner; the show jumpers are Nona Garson, Chris Kappler, Candice King, and Todd Minikus; and the polo players are Mike Azzaro, Mariano Aguerre, Adolfo Cambiaso, and Adam Snow. The riders will compete against each in four teams, with one representative of each discipline on each team. Teams will be announced when the final line-ups are confirmed. The event will be held on Monday, March 10, 2003, at Outback Polo in West Palm, Florida, starting at noon. Admission is free.
The Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon is a fun event that allows riders to showcase their horsemanship skills in disciplines not their own. In this three-phase competition, the polo players and jumpers will ride a dressage test to music; the dressage riders and polo players will jump a Gambler’s Choice course; and then each team will play two chukkers of polo. The team that accumulates the highest number of total points from all three phases wins the Triathlon.
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26th February 2003

Year-End Championship Horse Show To Debut At Syracuse, NY, October 29-November 2
SYRACUSE, NY—February 25, 2003—The Syracuse Sporthorse Tournament, a new year-end championship horse show set for this fall in Syracuse, NY, will provide a culminating jewel for the hunter-jumper horse show season.
The new horse show will debut October 29-November 2 in Syracuse’s spectacular Oncenter Complex. Longtime trainer John Madden, one of the leading figures in the hunter-jumper industry, has joined forces with the city of Syracuse to bring about the new horse show which will present a full schedule of classes, including year-end championship finals, for Grand Prix, amateur-owner and junior jumpers, as well as an intriguing line-up of classes for hunter horses and equitation riders.
“In developing the concept for this horse show, I spent a lot of time talking to hunter, jumper and equitation trainers,” Madden said. “I asked them what they felt our industry needed and tried to develop a concept that would address those needs and at the same time provide a platform to showcase our sport to the general public.”
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26th February 2003

Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters Highlights Week Five of Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL—February 24, 2003— The Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters took over the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, February 19-23. The event, which marked the fifth week of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, brought more warm weather and hot competition. The week culminated in an exciting grand prix win for Olympic veteran Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL.
Dello Joio and Quriel, owned by Belknap & Weight, bested a starting field of 36 horse-and-rider combinations to win the week’s featured event, the $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters Cup. Six horses went clear in the first round to earn the right to ride over the shortened jump-off course.
In the end, it was Dello Joio and Quriel, who crossed through the timers the fastest. The pair edged out the second place finisher by the slimmest of margins. Sydney Olympian Laura Kraut and Anthem, owned by the Summit Syndicate, stopped the timers only one one-hundredth of a second slower then Dello Joio to earn second place. Finishing in third place was Canadian Karen Cudmore, aboard Blair Cudmore’s stallion, Conejo.
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25th February 2003

Your trailer could be a deathtrap for your horse

With the start of the show season approaching leading animal welfare charity The Blue Cross is actively encouraging horse owners to check out the safety of their horse trailer before they entrust their precious horse’s life to it.
Trailers which have not been checked and serviced regularly and have been left unused over the winter months can conceal a multitude of dangers which could be a deathtrap on wheels for your horse. Respected towing expert John Henderson explains: “If a trailer has not been used for a long while you should check it thoroughly, lubricate moving parts and then take it for a test run. When you return home, check none of the wheel centres are unusually warm, which would suggest a wheel bearing or brake is seized. Only then should you load horses."
He continues: "Trailers can deteriorate even if they are not used. Winter weather can speed up the effects of rot in a poor floor and interior condensation can promote the growth of fungus whose spores can be harmful to horses. Tyres can perish and crack and may even get a flat spot if the trailer has not been regularly moved while unused. Water seeping into brake drums can literally weld the shoes to the drums, especially if the trailer has been parked with the handbrake on."
t is estimated that up to three horses every day need veterinary treatment as a result of transport related injuries. Many of these accidents are the result of poor trailer maintenance, with the collapse of the trailer floor being one of the most common and often fatal problems.
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25th February 2003

South Essex Launches Policies For Caring Pet Owners
Life time renewal of a new pet policy from South Essex Insurance Brokers can be automatic each year, while a second, designed for accidental injuries only, helps with up to £2,000-worth of vet fees annually - for just £29.40.
Pet Health Insurance has no upper age limit for dogs or cats, and terms can be offered for automatic renewal each time premiums are due. Pet Accident Cover, with a set £29.40 premium, is designed to cover veterinary costs after an accident. Each claim has a £1,000 limit, but there can be any number of claims each year providing the total does not go over £2,000.
The basic cover on the Pet Health Insurance includes up to £5,000-worth of veterinary fees for dogs and £4,000 for cats, third party liability, payments for death from accident or pets lost through theft or straying, boarding fees if the owner is in hospital for more than 48 hours, the cost of advertising to find a lost pet and post a reward, as well as help if a holiday is cancelled because of emergency surgery for the animal or if the pet goes missing.
Premiums, which can be waived for six months if an owner has to go into hospital, are calculated individually depending on where the owner lives. And if he or she is hospitalised, boarding or home care costs can be helped by payments of £500 for dogs and £250 for cats.
South Essex Insurance Brokers has designed the policy to suit caring owners but recognising that costs can be extensive.
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25th February 2003
Riders Wanted For Expedition To Ladakh, India
The Scientific Exploration Society is a registered charity, whose chairman is the renowned explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell. We organise short expeditions for scientific research, exploration and endeavour.
We are looking for 14 team members with a knowledge or interest in healthcare, anthropology, community aid and wildlife studies to travel on this, the SES's first expedition, to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Framed between two of the most imposing mountain ranges in the world - the Karakormas in the North and the Himalayas in the South - Ladakh is famed for its rocky desert, bewitching silence, and for having one of the lowest population densities in the world at just two inhabitants per kilometre.
Our community work will centre on healthcare and educational surveys for the local population who include nomadic tribes. We will also be carrying out wildlife studies focusing on Ladakh's incredible flora and fauna at its most visible in July. This trip will also be of huge interest to anyone with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism practised in its original form. Ladakh's rich cultural heritage includes ancient monasteries most of which are built on sheer cliffs and are still actively functioning today.
This expedition will involve days riding and trekking and you will need to be extremely fit. You will be 'living rough', sleeping under canvas and cooking for yourself, enjoying the freedom of living miles from any roads or other human habitation.
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25th February 2003

South Of England Carriage Driving Fair 2003
The hard working team at Brockham Harness Club are busy putting together the 7th Carriage fair which will take place at the South of England Showground, Ardingly ,West Sussex on Sunday 23rd March. This important event in the driving calendar heralds the start of the season and caters for both carriage driving enthusiasts & newcomers to the sport.
Building on the success of previous years, the programme includes a carefully structured combination of thrilling competition, instructional & informational displays and sheer entertainment that covers all aspects of carriage driving.
Main arena attractions will run all day, involving the top names in the sport today, including International horse team competition, Gary Dockings famous "suck it and see hour", Ponies in Austria, Western Riding ,Dressage to music, Heavy horse power, Scurry competition, Junior challenge, Coaching, Trade turnouts, Private Driving, Hackneys in action, Masterclass with Karen Bassett, International event rider Lucy Thompson turns her hand to driving, plus much more. This is all supported by a large range of trade stands, including breed societies and driving related associations with Bar & catering to suit all tastes and needs available all day.
Every visitor has the chance to win the top prize in the grand draw.....the ultimate starter kit! Everything you need to get you going - you just need £1 for the ticket. This wonderful prize has been kindly donated by J Martin Johnson of Bellcrown Carriages and contains Bellcrown carriage, Tedex harness, driving whip, liverpool bit, book & video and as a bonus triple European pony team champion Georgina Frith has offered a series of training sessions to make this a fantastic 1st prize.
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25th February 2003
Three In A Row For Tracy Fenney At The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
Ocala, FL (February 24, 2003)—Tracy Fenney was jubilant as she entered the winners' circle for the third Sunday in a row to claim her win in the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix. Fenney has become a familiar face in the winners' circle at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Her season's wins have included two previous $50,000 Grand Prix classes with Grace, a thoroughbred mare owned by Hidden Lakes Farm.
Fenney topped a field of thirty-four riders to capture Sunday's $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix with her mount S&L Willie, co-owned by Mike McCormick and S&L Farm's. Ian Silitch turned in a double-clear with his bay gelding Cable to earn him second place. Tricia O'Connor rode Cloverlea Farm's Irish gelding Furistos Treasure to take third place.
Danny Foster designed a challenging 14-obstacle Grand Prix course that only four riders could master. "I really enjoyed building in Ocala. The conditions were exceptional and the footing was near perfect," said Foster. "The depth of top-notch horses and riders was unsurpassed. Tracy Fenney was outstanding. She showed skill, determination, and possesses and eerie calm about her."
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25th February 2003

Equestrian Featured in National Magazine
Liia Becker of Tide's End Farm in Georgetown, Maine has been featured in the latest issue of American Profile Magazine . American Profile is a nationally published Magazine with a circulation of over 5 million and is a weekly, full-color Magazine that celebrates hometown American life.
Becker grew up in Georgetown and has been involved with horses since the age of 7. She left for Canada 10 years later to pursue her passions in dressage and eventing, in the latter sport she was long-listed for the Canadian Olympic Team. Returning to Maine in 1985, Becker established Tide's End Farm in Waldoboro, where she taught riding to hundreds of Mainers, both children and adults - many of her students having gone on to compete at the national level.
During this time she also became heavily involved in the rare Cleveland Bay breed and she imported a stallion, Runswick Sultan, from Wales. The breed is extremely rare with less than a 500 horses listed worldwide. The owners of these beautiful bay horses are currently engaged in a struggle to ensure that this pure breed which can be traced back into the 19th century survives well into the 21st.
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25th February 2003
Gabriella Salick And Sandstone Laurin Win The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Indio, CA (February 24, 2003)—Gabriella Salick and her mount Sandstone Laurin, delivered an exciting finish to Sunday's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Salick was last to ride in the three-horse jump-off and finished her clear round with finesse. Salick and Sandstone Laurin turned in the only double-clear round of the field of thirty-six riders. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and El Campeons Cirka Z incurred four faults and took second place. Rich Fellers paired with Tulip for an eight-fault performance that gave him third place
. The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix was the penultimate World Cup qualifying class on the West Coast and attracted a host of high-caliber entries. The $150,000 Ford Grand Prix of the Desert on March 9th will determine the final qualifiers for the 2003 World Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 16-20.
Anthony D'Ambrosio designed a challenging 13-obstacle course that narrowed the field to three riders—Fellers, Shahinian-Simpson and Salick. Richard Spooner and Robinson, winners of the $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix, left all the rails up but incurred a time fault by going .19 seconds over the time allowed of 90 seconds. Marley Goodman and Herr Schroder also incurred a time fault that prevented them from advancing to the jump-off.
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24th February 2003
Zilco Saves The Day!
Carriage driver Dennis Williams was in a tight spot when his driving harness went astray in the post. He was due to start film work for the BBC near his Buckinghamshire home, with his pair of Welsh Cobs.
Harness suppliers Zilco Europe from Oxford, to help the situation, sped down the motorway to lend him a brand new set of harness. So filming was able to continue as planned.
Happily, the missing harness turned up a couple of days later, but he could not use it! The harness loaned by Zilco was black, and the lost harness was brown. And in the world of film and television, continuity is very important!
So filming continued with the black harness, to keep everyone happy!
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24th February 2003

TopSpec Laminitis Helpline
The TopSpec Laminitis helpline has already been very busy this year following prolonged spells of frost.
Recent research has shown that increased acidity within the hindgut makes its walls more permeable ('leaky') and 'laminitis trigger factors' escape into the bloodstream and trigger laminitis.
This helps to explain why lush or frosted grazing has to be limited for horses and ponies susceptible to laminitis
Fibre-digesting bacteria in the horse's hindgut thrive in a near-neutral environment. If carbohydrate overload into the hindgut (from too much intake of grass or cereal-based feed) occurs, sugar and starch digesting bacteria flourish, producing lactic acid, and so increasing the acidity of the hindgut contents.

Therefore in those cases where a digestive upset is the cause of an attack of laminitis the helpline advice will centre on re-establishing the correct bacterial population and therefore the correct acidity in the hindgut.
TopSpec Comprehensive supplement is a superb supplement for the nutritional support of horses and ponies susceptible to or recovering from laminitis. TopSpec Comprehensive consists of a top specification broad-spectrum supplement expertly blended with the levels of micronutrients found in the most commonly needed specialised supplements plus yeast products to help maintain correct acidity in the hindgut.
This means that it is the most fully comprehensive supplement you can feed to a laminitic horse or pony and it offers nutritional support for recovery from every known angle.
TopSpec Comprehensive is uniquely effective because it combines many helpful features
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24th February 2003

Brilliant Show For BETA
THE 25th Anniversary celebrations for BETA went with a bang, with a huge turnout on the feature stand at the Trade Fair.
To celebrate the occasion BETA President Sir Adam Butler cut into a superb celebratory cake.
Well known names from throughout the industry gathered and it was an hour of bringing together faces both old and new.
BETA Chairman Peter Lewis said: "It was a very special occasion and wonderful to have BETA founder Antony Wakeham at the celebrations.
"BETA's profile and awareness of the work carried out by the association has taken a giant leap forward in the last 12 months and this year's host of celebratory events will also help to build and increase on that."
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24th February 2003

8th Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association: Call For Abstracts
The 8th WEVA International Congress will be held in the Sheraton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 15th to 17th October 2003. Hosted by the Argentine Equine Veterinary Association (President Dr Mario Lopez Oliva), this exciting and important event has targets of 700 registrants and 50 commercial exhibitors from all over the World. The central scientific and continuing education themes are medicine, surgery and reproduction. The social program is fantastic.
This is your chance to visit this exciting city and this beautiful country. Don't miss it ...Bring your friends ...learn to tango! Air travel has never been cheaper; an easy destination from Europe, Australasia and the USA. Argentina has been described in leading travel journals as one of the very best and most ost-effective countries to visit.
For those who wish to contribute to the scientific program, we advise you that the call for abstracts has been made; closing date 15th March 2003.
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24th February 2003

Only 1/100th of A Second Seperated The Top 2 Horses in the $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters Cup Today
Wellington, FL – February 23, 2003 – At the Winter Equestrian Festival today, just 1/100th of a second separated place 1 and 2 in the $75,000 Zada Enterprises LLC Masters Cup. There were 36 horses started in the class. In the 6 horse jump-off, there were 4 clean rounds and they all were going for the money, racing the long gallop to the last jump. Norman Dello Joio won by a whisker running Quriel with a last minute adjustment to the last jump. Quriel is a Belgian bred owned by Belknap & Weight and for his win today earned $22,500. Laura Kraut had a very fast clean round with Anthem only to lose the lead as Norman entered the ring immediately after her. Anthem is a bay gelding by the famous Lucky Boy and is owned by the Summit Syndicate. Conejo with Karen Cudmore was last to go in the jump-off and had a clean trip but not the time to beat Norman or Laura. Blair Cudmore owns this Holsteiner bay stallion. Olaf Petersen from Germany designed this course which brought the crowds to their feet with excitement in the jump-off.
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24th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Portugal - February 2003
Prova/Competition IX - GRAND PRIX, Table A against the clock with Jump-off 1.45m
1) Jean Claude Vangeenberghe (BEL) Coronation 2, 2) Miguel Maria Bravo (POR) Heritage Fortunus, 3) Capt. Gerry Flynn ( IRL) Bornacoola, 4) Bernardo Mathias (POR) Pablo v/h Vliethof, 5) Lt. Shane Carey (IRL) Ballycumber
Prova/Competition V, Table A against the clock with Jump-off 1.35m
1) Jean Claude Vangeenberghe (BEL) Que Sera, 2) Saul Moreno (MEX) Mil Amores, 3) Marion Hughes (IRL) Heritage Transmission
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23rd February 2003
International League For The Protection Of Horses Steps Out At Midlands Equine Fair
In a world where horses can face all manner of abuse and suffering, there is one organisation that has been championing their cause for over three quarters of a century. The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) will be using the Midlands Equine Fair to show visitors just what it is that has made it a success for the last 76 years. The indoor Midlands Equine Fair is taking place completely under cover at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March.
The ILPH was founded in 1927 by Miss Ada Cole, when the ill treatment of horses exported to Europe for slaughter came to her attention. From her initial vision has grown the world's leading international equine welfare charity, attending to the needs of suffering horses wherever they are and however humble their role.
From its head office in Norfolk, the ILPH runs five Recovery and Rehabilitation Centres in the UK that look after as many as 300 equines at any one time. But the charity's role is not just limited to its on-site operations - it employs 16 full-time ILPH field officers, nearly all ex-mounted policemen, who investigate cases of cruelty and neglect, inspect horse markets and ports and give advice on horse welfare. They also check the horses that have been re-homed on the ILPH's horse loan scheme, which currently oversees nearly 1,700 rehabilitated horses and ponies that are currently in approved homes.
One of the ILPH's success stories is that of Arthur. Arthur was taking visitors around Norwich on sight seeing trips between the shafts of an 'omnibus' that was extremely difficult for him to pull because of its bad design. He had open sores on his back and neck where his harness rubbed and around his heels where the horse boots he was wearing also rubbed. On top of this he was malnourished and lame in a hind leg.
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23rd February 2003

New product from Equiform Nutrition... Equiform Foal Boost.
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23rd February 2003

Beezie Madden Wins $20,000 1.5 m Classic with Authentic – Jeffrey Welles Qualifies 4 for Jump-off
Wellington, FL – February 22, 2003 – The Winter Equestrian Festival was warm and humid in the high 80’s but by afternoon the wind was quite strong and jumps were blowing down. Although without the wind, the heat would have been difficult to bear for horses and humans.
Fifty horses were entered in a $20,000 1.5 m Classic today, a time first jump-off class. Beezie Madden riding Authentic won in a jump-off of eleven competitors. Authentic was the quickest of the 3 horses with clean jump-off rounds. Jeffrey Welles qualified 4 horses to come back for the jump-off. Jeffrey was 3rd placed with Penelope, 5th with Armani, 6th with Equinox and 9th placed with Nabuco.
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23rd February 2003
BSJA Recognise Silver Elite Stallions
The British Show Jumping Association have introduced a new stallion category - The Elite Silver Stallions - and the following list of stallions have been accredited as Silver Elite BSJA Stallions based on their Grade A/JA performance winnings of over £10,000. The list includes the only Silver Elite Pony Stallion - Mr A Lithgow's Little Bobby. These stallions will be entitled to wear the Silver Elite Stallion discs.
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23rd February 2003

Save $40 on Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian Registration
The Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM) is offering a special members-only discount on registering older Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses through July 1, 2003. AHA members can register horses over 24 months of age for only $75, a savings of $40 off the regular registration fee of $115. AHA members can also register Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian foals that are less than 6 months old for only $35. If a transfer of ownership is involved, there is an additional fee of $35.
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23rd February 2003
BSJA Stewards Enquiry
Following their meeting on 8th January 2003 the Stewards of the British Show Jumping Association imposed the following penalties
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