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21st February 2004

Manchester Grandmother Wins National Draw
A grandmother from Greater Manchester is cockahoop at having won £5,000 in a national draw.
Mrs. J. Wardle, of Bury, Greater Manchester is the lucky winner of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) National Draw. She received her cheque earlier this week from ILPH Field Officer, Chris Williamson, at ILPH Penny Farm their recovery and rehabilitation centre at Peel, near Blackpool.
On receipt of her cheque Mrs Wardle commented, "I bought the tickets from a friend and as I buy lots of charity draw tickets throughout the year, I thought no more of it. I am thrilled, this is the first time I have ever won anything, I just couldn't believe it !
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Federation Equestre Internationale News : 20 February 2004
- FEI World Cup Jumping after Vigo
- FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Milan: programme and info
- FEI World Cup Dressage: the road to Duesseldorf
- FEI World Cup Driving: Vigo
- Reining Super Slide Kreuth (GER)
- Vet course at Olympic Museum
- In Memoriam
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Ruth Friend Wins TSM Rider Award
EVENT rider Ruth Friend was delighted to receive the TSM Rider Award at BETA International.
Based near Carlisle, Ruth is sponsored by Easibed, Baileys Horse Feeds, Lucinda Green Clothing and North West Farmers.
The awards were judged by Will Connell of the BEF, Nicki MacKenzie of SEIB and Tim Smith of award sponsor TSM, marketing, PR and design.
Said 24-year-old Ruth: "I am dead chuffed to receive the award. My sponsors are very important to me and really help to keep thje team on the road." Please click here for further details

Tina Konyot And Anna Karenina Win Grand Prix, Section A
WELLINGTON, FL – February 20, 2004 – The FEI dressage classes were fully loaded today with two sections of Grand Prix, the first of two sections of Intermediaire I, and the third section of the Prix St. Georges at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, today.
Tina Konyot, 42, of Stonington, Connecticut, and Stuart, Florida, won the A section of the $1,500 FEI Grand Prix riding Anna Karenina for owner Sally Miller. The pair earned 71.597% from judges Liselotte Fore, Natalie Lamping, and Janet Brown and topped a class of 12 riders.
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Eric Smiley presents British Horse Society Convention
Sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers
Eric Smiley, a Fellow of The British Horse Society (BHS), is to present the next BHS Convention at Blackdyke Farm Riding Centre, Blackford, Cumbria, on Monday 29 March. Eric, one of Ireland's leading Three Day Eventers for many years, will work on the theme of 'Indoor Cross Country'. Although primarily for professional instructors, the BHS Convention, sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers, welcomes anyone who wishes to attend.
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International Visitors On The Increase
MORE International visitors, increased International exhibitors, and an International Buyers Centre brought a cosmopolitan feel to the Trade Fair.
A new initiative, the International Buyers Centre was a real boost for the event.
The centre was sponsored by the International Commercial Centre and the UK International Agriculture and Technology Centre (IATC).
It provided a forum for international enquiries, international visitors and delegations seeking products and services from the UK.
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Norman Dello Joio And Quriel Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round IV, CSI***
Caroline Moran And Saint Nick Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship, A
Louise Otten And Just Looking Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship, B
WELLINGTON, FL - February 20, 2004 - Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, Florida, won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round IV, CSI*** for the Barry Louise Lane Memorial Trophy today, riding Quriel for owner Eleanor Belknap. While the hunters have taken over the Internationale Arena this week at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, the Grand Prix normally held on Thursday moved to the DeNemethy Arena. Mehves Trak designed the courses for both fields.
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Do You Love Horses?
Then join Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard forA Special Partnership Training for Horse & Rider Weekend/Fundraiser for Stride of Central New York - March 5th -8th at SUNY Morrisville
Prizes! Raffles! And Fun!
Bob Jeffreys, the founder of the Partnership Training for Horse & Rider System, and his partner, Suzanne Sheppard a Centered Riding Instructor, will be appearing at the SUNY Morrisville, NY, March 5th 7-9pm. A fabulous Friday Night Show will be followed by a Saturday/Sunday riding and horse training clinic. Bob and Suzanne intertwine Centered Riding techniques and natural horsemanship in an innovative and exciting manner. You’ll also learn Bob’s incredibly effective Vowel Method of Applied Pressure.
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Aaron Vale Blazes Through To Win $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix At HITS Ocala II
OCALA, FL (February 20, 2004)—Aaron Vale and Arriscraft Soliel, owned by Angelstone Farm, were last to go in a ten-horse jump-off, posting the fastest time of three double-clears to win the $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix. Second place went to Mac Cone and Cybella, owned by Southern Ways. Amy Millar and her own Valentino were the only other double-clear for third place.
Course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, built a 12-jump Round One course that included a triple at Fence No. 4, a double at Fence No. 9, and a last line that included water at No. 11, and an oxer at No. 12. Time Allowed was set at 86 seconds. Thirty-eight horse/rider combinations took to the field and ten went clean. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI3* Neumunster Germany 19-22 February 2004
Friedrich Lange Prize, International Relay Competition
1) Laurus 14; Jessica Kurten (IRL) + Playback 11; Ronja Bergmann (GER), 2) Acacio; Sofie Karpe-Nilsson (SWE) + Orion 134; Antonia-Selina Brinkop (GER), 3) Gina Ginelli 51; Rene Tebbel (GER) + Rambo 163; Nisse Luneburg (GER)
Dolling Hareico Cup, 1st Grand Prix Qualifier
1) Glenn 135; Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst (GER), 2) Lolita H; Toni Hassmann (GER), 3) Prosario NRW; Heinrich-Wilhelm Johannsmann (GER)
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20th February 2004

Horse Skills And Thrills At Equus 2004
Spins, roll backs, flying changes and sliding stops - that's what David Deptford will be demonstrating in his western riding techniques at Equus 2004 at London's ExCeL between Friday and Sunday, 16th - 18th April.
Equus will combine expert demonstrations and seminars, an exhibition area, a Healthy Horse Clinic, Children's Entertainment Area and Job Shop and CV Clinic.
Riding his famous American quarter horses, David has been thrilling audiences with his precision riding for many years, and has been riding western throughout his life.
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Tyne Esk Trails Project
Equestrian Tourism Boost for Midlothian
The British Horse Society in Lothian, in partnership with the European Community Tyne Esk Leader + 2000 -2006 Programme and Scottish Natural Heritage, is to promote over 50 miles of equestrian trails in Midlothian in a bid to improve access to the countryside and boost the local economy by encouraging equestrian tourism.

The project, which is due to be completed by October 2005, will cost a total of £26k. Just under £12k is to be awarded from Tyne Esk Leader + and a similar sum from Scottish Natural Heritage. The balance will be met by payments in kind and from voluntary contributions from BHS Scotland, BHS Lothian and the Midlothian Riders Access Group (Midrag).
The horse trails will comprise four circular routes, open to cyclists and walkers as well, each between 10 to 15 miles long, exploring a wide variety of glorious Midlothian countryside and taking in sites of historic and natural interest.
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Horse Demonstration Arena Draws The Crowds
KEEPING the audience spell bound during each performance in the Masta-sponsored Horse Demonstration Arena was Michael Peace.
Michael's lively commentary, insight into the way horse's think and how to help them, proved a real treat over the three days.
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FEI World Cup Dressage News: The Road to Duesseldorf - Into The Home Straight
The penultimate qualifying round of the FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League takes place at Neumunster, Germany this weekend, where fans are due another top quality 'dressage feast'.
As expected, entries are dominated by a strong German contingent. Heike Kemmer can sit this one out as she is still sitting pretty at the top of the points standings after two wins, one second and a third place this season. Berlin winner Hubertus Schmidt, former title winner Isabell Werth and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhof are all out to increase their hold, as only two more German riders will be able to compete at the Duesseldorf final (a maximum of three per nation are eligible).
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Robert Whitaker Fourth In Vigo

Robert Whitaker from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire enjoyed a very successful weekend at CSI-W Vigo, finishing in fourth place in the World Cup Qualifier. Robert riding the 11-year-old chestnut mare, Qualite jumped a double clear round to finish behind eventual winner Eugenie Angot from France riding Cigale du Tallis, Brazilian Bernardo Alves riding Canturo and Belgium's Jean-Claude Vangeenberghe riding Osta Rugs Richebourg.
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Celebrities Galore At BETA International
TOP riders from across the disciplines turned out to support BETA International.
From the showjumping world Nick Skelton supported the Belstane team, as did endurance specialist Becky Broughton, dressage start Nicky Barrett and western supreme Bob Mayhew. Eventing's Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell was on the Toggi stand, while husband William who was on the Royston Products William Funnell range stand, promoting his products with great success.
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USOC Honors David O’Connor As Equestrian Developmental Coach of the Year
Gladstone, NJ—February 19, 2004— The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has selected David O’Connor as the 2003 Equestrian Developmental Coach of the Year.
O’Connor, the 2000 Olympic individual Gold Medalist in eventing, has helped the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s eventing program by working closely with its Developing Riders. He was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee’s Coach Recognition program for his commitment to training and helping to develop future US Equestrian Federation equestrian athletes.
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Aaron Vale And Arriscraft Soliel Win $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome At HITS Ocala II
OCALA, FL (February 19, 2004)—Aaron Vale, holder of the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year, rode Arriscraft Soliel owned by Angelstone Farm to victory in the $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala II. Vale also placed fifth aboard Romulus, owned by Town Creek Investment.
The competition attracted a field of thirty-seven horse/rider combinations. Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, was the course designer for the class, which was held in the Grand Prix field. For Round One, Palacios built an 11-jump course that included two double combinations. Time allowed was set at 78 seconds. There were 12 clear rounds over the course. The six-jump short course had time allowed set at 54 seconds and also included two double combinations.
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Scott Stewart And Chopard Win Regular Conformation Hunter Championship
Jimmy Torano And Rising Sun Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter Ch., Section A
Sandy Ferrell And Indian Summer Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter Ch., Section B
Ken Smith And Carmen Win Regular Working Hunter Championship
WELLINGTON, FL - February 19, 2004 - The fourth week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian
Festival in Wellington, Florida, showcases hunter horses and riders for five days, February 18-22, in the Florida Classic/World Champion Hunter Rider Spectacular. The highlight of the week is the annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular of Palm Beach featured under the lights in the Internationale Arena from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday, February 21 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
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WEF Dressage Wk4/Day1/Feb.19,2004
WELLINGTON, FL - February 19, 2004 - Kicking off four days of dressage competition, February 19-22, at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival, the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic featured 10 classes from Training Level through Intermediaire I today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
In the FEI classes, Canadian Shannon Dueck, 41, now of Wellington, FL, riding Korona topped a class of 18 with a score of 69.837%. Ashley Holzer of New York, NY, riding Imperioso placed second with 67.154%, and Colombian Dr. Cesar Parra of Jupiter, FL, earned third place aboard Leonberg, earning 64.959%
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Kristin Schmolze Wins Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award
Gladstone, NJ—February 19, 2004— Eventing rider Kristin Schmolze of Montville, NJ has won the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award. The award is presented each year to a Young Rider, age 16 to 21, who best exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.
Schmolze had an outstanding 2003 season, achieving great success at the two- and three-star levels. She achieved the rare double of winning the Markham Trophy as the highest-placing Young Rider in both of the Three-Star Championships, at Foxhall in April and at Fair Hill in October. After placing 17th among the more than 90 starters in the Spring Championship at Foxhall, she finished as Reserve Champion with a second place finish overall in the Fall Championship at Fair Hill.
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Pony Express, Bendabout Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Polo Thursday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Six-goaler Santiago Trotz scored his only goal of the game on a five-yard forehand with 1:02 remaining to lift Pony Express over White Birch 12-11 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. Despite the loss, White Birch finished first in Division I.
In other Hall of Fame Cup action, Las Monjitas dominated the second half en route to a 13-8 victory over Old Pueblo, clinching first place in Division IV. Also, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Miguel Novillo Astrada combined for 10 goals to lead Bendabout over Texas Polo 15-13 in the highest scoring game of the tournament. The win clinched first place in Division III for Bendabout.
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PERA News
There are still spaces for the Anky van Grunsven training clinic on 2-3 March and the Francis Verbeek clinic on 16, 17, 18 March.
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CSI-W Vigo , 12 - 15 February 2004
World Cup Qualifier
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19th February 2004

Royal Windsor – the season begins
Royal Windsor Horse Show 13th – 16th May 2004, recognised as the country’s stylish start to the show season, has developed the most interesting and varied timetable in its 61 year history, with the whole emphasis on providing real attractions for both horse enthusiasts and non-equestrian public alike.
The show takes place from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th May, with additional evening performances at the weekend, and concludes on Sunday evening with the dramatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Fireworks to Music display against the backdrop of the floodlit Windsor Castle.
Each performance will include a major show jumping class and international displays, such as, the magnificent ridden display of high stepping Portuguese Lusitano horses, supported by Wines of Portugal. There are also firm family favourites including the Shetland Pony Grand National and the Daks Pony Club International Mounted Games.
Royal Windsor has historically been about providing equestrian diversity and a celebration for the horse world, and the Hunters, Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses, Show Ponies and Mountain and Moorlands, amongst others, give a feast for breed enthusiasts.
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The British Horse Society points the way forward for rights of way - the next step
The next instalment of the new Access and Rights of Way training programme from The British Horse Society is now available in the South West. The programme will benefit hundreds of riders throughout the region and will be held at Marston House near Frome, by kind permission of Mrs Angela Yeoman, on Saturday, 6 March 2004.
Access and Rights of Way volunteers from the BHS and Affiliated Bridleways Groups in the South West have already attended the first step of the training programme, covering topics such as Highway Law, the history of the Definitive Map, Finding Bridleways, and Rights of Way Improvement Plans.
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The ‘Ugly Duckling’ That Has Changed Into A 'Beautiful Swan'
Event rider Bianca Bairstow says a new horse feed has transformed her chestnut gelding from an ‘ugly duckling’ into a ‘beautiful swan’.
Bianca, of Sandhole Farm, Crowton, near Northwich, Cheshire, left the gelding, named Sir Humphrey, out in the field until he turned four due to her commitment with other horses.
“Unfortunately, whilst he was in the field, everyone who saw him enjoyed a laugh at his expense because he was so ugly”, said Bianca
“Since he has been brought in and started under saddle about two months ago he has been fed Super Molichop Shreddi and a low energy coarse mix.
“He has been transformed from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan”, she commented. Please click here for further details

Fire Cancels BETA Gala Dinner
A FIRE at the Metropole cancelled the BETA Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on the first evening of the BETA International Trade Fair.
Just as 350 party goers were set to dance the night away the fire on the third floor spread to other rooms in the hotel causing the cancellation.
The main damage was caused by smoke and water.
The first running of the BETA dinner looked set to be a huge success with key industry players looking forward to the occasion.
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The Denim & Diamonds Gala Returns To Rave Reviews and A Staggering Turnout
Wellington, Florida - February 17, 2004 -- Resurrected after a four-year hiatus, The Denim & Diamonds Gala returned in all of its glory this past Sunday, February 15, 2004, at The South Florida Fairgrounds to over 2,000 ecstatic fans and a groundswell of enthusiastic praise. Last held in 2000, Denim & Diamonds is the largest, single fundraiser for The United States Equestrian Team ("USET").
Chairmen Mason Phelps, Jr. and Beverly Lake Wilkes, motivated by overwhelming demand within the equestrian community, decided the time was right to bring back the event given the upcoming Athens Games and the USET's Olympic aspirations. During the Gala's successful, prior six-year run, Phelps and Wilkes raised over $1 million for the USET. Please click here for further details
John Pearce and Jamco’s Champagne Win $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix
Gladstone, NJ—February 18, 2004—John Pearce of Stouffville, Ontario, piloted Jamco’s Champagne, owned by Forest View Farms, to the win in the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, CA, on Sunday, February 15.
Course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio of Mt. Kisco, NY, set a 17-effort course that challenged the talented horse-and-rider pairs. Of the 47 entries in the Bayer/USET Grand Prix, only eight proceeded to the jump-off.
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CSI-W Paris-Bercy (Fra) 4th - 6th March 2004
Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport From Knutsford, CHESHIRE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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Isla Carroll, Catamount Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Polo Wednesday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Pancho Bensadon converted a 30-yard penalty shot with 38 seconds remaining to lift Isla Carroll over C Spear 11-10 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other Hall of Fame Cup action, 10-goaler Mike Azzaro and 9-goaler Carlos Gracida scored four goals each to lead Catamount over Black Watch 9-8 and Everglades defeated Orchard Hill 6-3.
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CSI* Cervia (Ita) 27 - 29 February 2004
Anna Rees Based in Pombia, ITALY, Kate Mead Based in Hochdorf, SWITZERLAND have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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NFU welcomes FSA food labelling investigation
The NFU has praised a survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that spotlights the high levels of misleading labelling still prevalent in the UK food industry.
The survey reflects the concerns raised by the NFU in its response to the FSA consultation on the use of food labelling terms.
The NFU is particularly concerned about the misuse of the term “farmhouse” on food labels to imply a product produced on farm premises. This is particularly important to farmers who have diversified to add value to their farms by processing their own produce.
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18th February 2004

HOYS champion backs South Essex racehorse series
The South Essex Insurance Brokers "Racehorses to Riding Horses" competition will again this year offer recognition for Thoroughbreds which have progressed from Flat and National Hunt racing into other disciplines.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for people to prove that Thoroughbreds coming out of racing are not untrainable rogues," said Emily Curtis who with her mare, Milliemeter, had staggering success in 2003 by becoming the South Essex "Search for a Star" Hack and reserve Supreme Champion at the Horse of the Year Show and then topping the "Racehorses to Riding Horses" showing category.
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Tack Room Landscaping At WEF Is An Art For
WELLINGTON, FL - February 17, 2004 - From the moment one takes the turn off Pierson Road onto Equestrian Club Road, landscaping at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, becomes one of the most notable and distinguishing characteristics of the Winter Equestrian Festival. But in addition to the rolling lawns, shimmering lakes, and spectacular displays of flowers that greet visitors as they approach the spectator gates and surround the competition rings, there are also many outstanding works of landscaping art in the 'backstage' area of the show grounds. The stabling area where the horses live is also where the riders, grooms, owners, clients and relatives congregate, and many barns have used landscaping to personalize their spots as well as provide a lovely Tack Room area. Here are a few examples of the range of artistry on display at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival. Spectators are welcome to walk the grounds and view the stall areas. Please click here for further details
Americana in Augsburg September 8-12, 2004
Tickets now available
Although the go-rounds start on September 5 already, the Americana is open to visitors from September 8 to 12, 2004 only. Tickets are available now. Anybody interested in the sports events or the western fair should book tickets very soon. In past years, the showarena 'Schwabenhalle' was quickly sold out especially during the highlights and the evening shows.
For visitors, the Americana starts on September 8 at 7.30 a.m. with the go of the ECHA European Cutting Championship Open. A lot of competitors from all over Europe are expected, so the go should run until noon. After that, there will be the finals of the NRHA Freestyle Reining Open and Non-Pro as well as the Go-round in Reined Work of the ERCHA Reined Cow Horse Futurity. The final class of this Wednesday will be the Go-Round of the NRHA Bronze Trophy Reining Open. Half of the total purse of about EUR 50,000.-will be paid in the reining classes, the most important being the NRHA-USA Lawson Bronze Trophy with EUR 30,000.-added. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Macken Confirmed As Olympic Trainer
FOLLOWING a meeting of the Show Jumping Association of Ireland (SJAI) International Selectors at the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin today (Tuesday) with Eddie Macken, the former Irish show jumping star was confirmed as Olympic Team Trainer.
<<I am delighted to have been included in the Olympic effort, >> said Macken afterwards. <<We now have a unique group of people together to help the team give their best at Athens, with Tommy Wade and Gerry Mullins acting as Chefs d'Equipe in the run-up to the Olympics, and John Ledingham as Equestrian Team Manager. I firmly believe that with the riders and horses available, we have an excellent chance of bringing home a medal in 2004.>>
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PERA News
Do not forget to book your tickets for the PERA Ball on the 28th, now less than 2 weeks away!
Everyone is welcome and tickets are priced at £60, which includes a four course meal and champagne reception, once again generously sponsored by Bouvet Ladubay. There are some fantastic prizes on offer in the Auction and Raffle and back by popular demand, the band 'Locomotion' will be providing music to dance to until the early hours. So what better way to kick-start the 2004 season and celebrate an Olympic year than by dancing the night away with a glass or two of bubbly?
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Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic Kicks Off At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL - February 17, 2004 - Dressage returns to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club for the second of three shows to be held at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic will be held Thursday through Sunday, February 19 through 22.
A stellar roster of riders will be competing in classes from Training Level through Grand Prix, including Olympians Sue Blinks, Michelle Gibson, Bent Jensen, and Jane Savoie. Top riders from Europe and South America will also contest classes including Dr. Cesar Parra of Colombia who has already qualified to compete in the 2004 Athens Olympics, and one of Denmark's biggest stars, Lars Petersen. Quarter horse fans will be thrilled to see Lynn Palm competing aboard My Royal Lark, a descendant of her famous champion Rugged Lark. Karen Sakas, a New York fashion model for Calvin Klein and Donna Karan will be making her WEF debut. Please click here for further details
2004 59th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show
Dressage Week, April 29 – May 2
DEL MAR Fairgrounds – “Dressage Week” begins on April 29 in the Arena at the Equestrian Center, on the Del Mar Fairgrounds and will be highlighted by an Evening of Musical Freestyles, May 1st at 7:00pm, showcasing the freestyle portion of the USET Qualifying Competition for the USET Grand Prix Championship/Olympic Selection Trials. Also featured on Sunday afternoon are the Freestyles for the USET Qualifying Classes for the USEF Intermediaire Championship and the Prix St. Georges Freestyles for the Region 7 Young Rider Selection Trials.
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Social Polo Sunday Feb.15,2004
WELLINGTON, Florida - The memories continued at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on and off the field during exciting polo action at the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup.
The morning clouds and rain disappeared in time for a crowd of 1,028 to enjoy a thrilling game honoring polo and polo history. The on-field festivities began with the parade of polo players. Stunning Nicole Henry of Miami sang the national anthem. Clark Hetherington of Wellington, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Polo Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for his decades of service to polo, presided over the pre-game coin toss near midfield.
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Crab Orchard, Brigadoon Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Polo Tuesday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Lucas Monteverde scored on a 10-yard forehand with 1:35 remaining to lift ERG over Crab Orchard 11-10 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Tuesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. Both teams advance to this weekend’s quarterfinals with identical 2-1 records.
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Livestock Farmer Elected New NFU President
Tim Bennett, a 50-year-old livestock farmer from Carmarthenshire in Wales was today elected as the new President of the NFU.
Previously Deputy President, Tim was voted in by the organisation's ruling body, the NFU Council, on the second day of the NFU's annual conference and AGM held in Birmingham..
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17th February 2004

Canadian John Pearce And Jamco's Champagne Win $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix
INDIO, CA (February 16, 2004)—John Pearce of Stouffville, Ontario, riding Jamco's Champagne, captured the $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix during week III of the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Pearce bested a field of forty-seven horses, and was the fastest of four double-clears in an eight-horse jump-off. Pearce, who was last in the jump-off, edged out John French and Millenium by .24 of a second, leaving the pair in second place. Third place went to Mark Watring and Sapphire. Ashlee Bond and Fabius 45 took fourth place in the competition.
The $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix was a qualifying class for the World Cup Finals to be held April 21-25 in Milan, Italy. Riders earn points that will determine their standings in the West Coast League. Richard Spooner, who took fifth in the competition aboard Hilton Flight, is currently top in the standings.
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Alison Firestone And Iceburg Win $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup CSI***
WELLINGTON, FL - February 15, 2004 - Topping a field of 37 riders, Alison Firestone, 27, of Upperville, Virginia, aboard Iceburg for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, won the $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup CSI*** today at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. In the 10-horse jump-off, five horses went clean with Firestone racing just splits in front of Anne Kursinski aboard Sun God who placed second, and Kimberly Frey riding Marlou who placed third. Frank Rothenberger of Germany designed the course.
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Ian Milllar And Promise Me Win The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix At HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
OCALA, FL (February 16, 2004)—Seven-time Olympic veteran, Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario, rode Promise Me to the blue ribbon in Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Millar was the faster of two double-clears in a seven-horse jump-off, managing to shave over a second off Harold Chopping's double-clear ride on Kathleen 16, owned by Silver Oak Stables. Aaron Vale, holder of the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year, had the second fastest time aboard Quendo, owned by Town Creek Investment, but an unlucky rail left him in third place. Ian Millar also qualified In Style, owned by Susan Grange & Lothlorien Farm, for the jump-off, delivering a four-fault performance that gave them fourth place. Millar and In Style were the winners of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix during the first week of the circuit. Please click here for further details

Princess Royal To Visit Army Equitation School Tuesday Feb 17
THE Army Equitation School at McKee Barracks, Dublin, will see its first visit by a member of the British Royal Family tomorrow (Tuesday) since 1900, when Queen Victoria inspected what was then Marlborough Barracks.
HRH The Princess Royal is to be given a presentation at the School during her one-day visit to the state. A keen horsewoman for most of her life, Her Royal Highness will hear a brief history of the Equitation School and an outline of the current training programme, before watching a riding demonstration and then touring the stables. Please click here for further details

Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch Kicks Off WEF Week 4
AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular Features Top Show Hunters
WELLINGTON, FL - February 16, 2004 - The 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, kicks off the fourth week of competition with the Florida Classic/World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch, February 18-22. The highlight of the week is the annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Classic Spectacular of Palm Beach, which will be featured under the lights in the Internationale Arena starting at 8 pm on Saturday, February 21.
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Winter Equestrian Festival Week 3 Wrap-Up, February 11 - 15
WELLINGTON, FL - February 16, 2004 - The third week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival entitled Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI*** was held February 11 through February 15 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Frank Rothenberger of Germany was the course designer in the Internationale Arena. Philip DeVita designed the courses for the Grand Hunter Field.
The Winter Equestrian Festival continues in Wellington through March 21, and then the action moves to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the Budweiser American Invitational on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the 2004 WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world.
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Lucky Stars Collection and I Sea Horses Light Up Toy Fair
Wild Heart Ranch has moved to Booth 3076
February 17, 2004, Point Roberts, WA. - Wild Heart Ranch Inc. is pleased to announce the product debut of the new, updated Lucky Stars Collection 2004; mini plush horses with lights and hair accessories. The collectible 12 mini plush horses that have realistic colors with magical blue LED shining stars, moons and comets are sure to delight the Wild Heart Ranch followers. The product line is all based on an original story entitled No More Night Mares...A Dream of Freedom.
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16th February 2004

More Learning From Horses: Threats and Safety Zones
by Ron Meredith, President, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
WAVERLY, WV--I was young and pretty cocky when I started working with horses. Back then, I figured that the first thing I had to teach a horse was that I was the top dog. Then it was the horse’s job to pay attention to me and do what he was told. Like a typical person, I was always thinking about the end result I wanted and jumping right to telling the horse what to do. If he didn’t do what I wanted, I’d go to enforcing my supposed authority and make him do it. The horse had to acknowledge me as the leader and understand that if he didn’t do what I wanted, there were going to be consequences.
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White Birch, Pony Express Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Polo Sunday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goaler Mariano Aguerre scored eight goals to lead White Birch over San Saba 12-9 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The victory gave White Birch (3-0) sole possession of first place in its division.
In other Hall of Fame Cup action, 7-goaler Sapo Caset scored six goals to lead Pony Express over C Spear 12-9.
“We managed to keep (San Saba’s leading scorer) Agustin Merlos scoreless in the first half and that was important,” said Aguerre, who was named the game’s MVP. Please click here for further details

Hughes Sixth At Vigo
SHOW JUMPING RESULTS: SI-W VIGO SPAIN 12-15 FEBRUARY 2004
Premio Repsol YPF, International Jumping Competition
1) EPI DE COLOMBY; Jesus GARMENDIA (ESP)
2) EMERAUDE MINOTIERE; Robert BREUL (FRA)
3) EPODE DE LA ROSE; Gregory WATHELET (BEL)
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15th February 2004

FEI World Cup Jumping News: Almost Angot Steals The Show In Vigo.......
Eugenie Angot, sister-in-law of WEG team gold medallist Reynald Angot, created a real sensation when winning tonight’s FEI World Cup qualifier in Vigo, Spain.
The French lady rider had the best of the draw in the eight-horse jump-off and used it to full advantage when steering the 13 year old mare Cigale du Tallis across the line more than one second ahead of Brazil’s Bernardo Alves who had to settle for runner-up spot with Canturo.
It was a class full of drama with two competitors eliminated and another four choosing to retire as Spanish course-designer Avelino Miravales’ track took its toll. Please click here for further details

Think You Own A Trail Equine?
By SUSAN DUDASIK
How would you like to promote your favorite mule or donkey, and earn recognition awards just for trail riding? Both the North American Saddle Mule Association and the American Donkey and Mule Society have trail riding programs in which you can log the number of hours you ride and in turn receive certificates and/or patches for your accomplishments. But there’s also a new all-breed association strictly for trail riders, the American Trail Horse Association, (ATHA) which invites mule and donkey riders to join them in helping to promote the all-around trail riding equine. Realizing that often an equine used for trail riding was negatively labeled as “just a trail horse or mule”, the ATHA has set out to promote and recognize the true talents of these special equines. Therefore they have established the American Trail Horse Registry open to all breeds, colors, and sizes of equines. Registration is not based on bloodlines but performance. Their goal is to promote well-trained, dependable and willing equines that can meet the challenges of today’s trail rider.
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FEI World Cup Driving News: Freund invincible in Vigo
Michael Freund has turned out to be invincible during the two FEI World Cup Driving events in Vigo, Spain. After Bordeaux dropped out of the World Cup Driving circuit, Vigo offered to host two instead of one World Cup event. Freund won the warm up competition and both World Cup competitions. The challenge however, came from an unexpected corner this time. In the warm up competition and the second World Cup, it was Mechelen-winner Gert Schrijvers who came very close to Freund¹s time.
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Chris Pratt And Rivendell Win $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic, Time First Jump-Off
Marley Goodman And Jumper Win $10,000 Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic High
WELLINGTON, FL - February 14, 2004 - It was a happy Valentine's Day for 34-year-old Chris Pratt of Toronto, Canada. Riding Rivendell for owner Sue Grange, Pratt bested a field of 53 riders to win the $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic, Time First Jump-Off at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, today. Pratt was the fastest of five double clear performances. Going last in the 17-horse jump-off, Pratt shifted the leaders down a notch from what looked like a cinched one-two-three finish for Norman Dello Joio, McLain Ward, and Markus Beerbaum. "I've got a superb horse," said Pratt. "He's fast and I trust him."
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Crab Orchard, Bendabout Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Polo Saturday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Pablo MacDonough and Memo Gracida scored within a 76-second span to snap a 12-12 and spark Crab Orchard over Lechuza 14-12 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Saturday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The victory gave Crab Orchard (2-0) sole possession of first place in its division.
In other Hall of Fame Cup action, Miguel Novillo Astrada and patron Gillian Johnston scored four goals each to lead Bendabout over Black Watch 12-10 and 10-goaler Mike Azzaro scored six goals to lead Catamount past Texas Polo 11-8.
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