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10th March 2001 Badminton Horse Trials 2001
The foot and mouth outbreak has caused the cancellation of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, due on 3rd- 6th May.
The land at Badminton used for the Horse Trials is grazed by 500 deer, 1000 sheep and a herd of Jersey cows. All access to the Park has been barred for the past 2 weeks and the land will continue to be closed for the forseeable future. In addition, the Park is surrounded by many other livestock farms.
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10th March 2001 10 Million Sports Injuries per year in United States Points to a Significant Need for Injury Prevention Education Initiatives
According to the Merck Manual of Medical Information for Sports Injuries: "More than 10 million sports injuries are treated each year in the United States." The seriousness of this problem points to the need for education initiatives which target injury prevention.
One of the most significant factors which relates to the mechanism of joint stress and injury is available information on correct postural alignment.The subject of fundamental movement mechanics as a prerequisite to sports specific training is demonstrated in many top level eastern bloc development programs in sports such as gymnastics.
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10th March 2001
$50,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge, Sunday, March 11, Is Third Annual Bi-Coastal Simulcast Competition for Indio and Ocala
INDIO, CA (March 9, 2001)--How do the West Coast horses stack up against the East Coast horses? Find out Sunday, March 11, when horses in Indio, California, compete against horses in Ocala, Florida, in one class via simulcast satellite transmission in the third annual $50,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge presented by The Chronicle of the Horse.
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10th March 2001 Vaulting Championships 2001 Scheduled for Massachusetts
The Board of Directors of the American Vaulting Association (AVA) has announced that the next National Vaulting Championships will be held at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts from August 11-14, 2001. It will be the first time in the 30-year history of the AVA that the national championship event will be held in the northeast. The American Vaulting Association and the American Horse Shows Association will recognize this competition and Rachel Markels Webber has been named National Championship Chairperson 2001.
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10th March 2001 Firestone First & Third
WELLINGTON, FL - March 9, 2001 - US Equestrian Team Veteran ALISON FIRESTONE of Upperville, VA was in the ribbons twice in Friday's MODIFIED JUMPER at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. Firestone took FIRST PLACE honors aboard the 11 year-old Dutch bred gelding, ROYAL DISCOVERY and THIRD PLACE up on 11 year-old Swedish gelding, CASANOVA. .
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10th March 2001
Grand Prix Riders to Sign Autographs at Indio Desert Circuit, Sunday, March 11, Following the $150,000 Ford Grand Prix
INDIO, CA (March 9, 2001)--Following the $150,000 Ford Grand Prix on Sunday, March 11, a Grand Prix Riders Autograph Signing Session will be held in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, California. The Grand Prix starts at 2:15pm and will conclude at approximately 4:00pm. After the winner and placings in the Grand Prix are announced and awards presented, the riders will take their victory lap, then dismount and return to the ring to sign autographs. Tables and chairs will be set up at the floral island near the in-gate and the Official Indio Desert Circuit Show Programs, Posters, and Calendars will be available for the riders to sign. Fans can also pose for photos with the riders.
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10th March 2001 Further Movement of Livestock Offers Relief for some Farmers
Today's decision to allow further restricted movement of livestock will allow some desperate farmers to move animals to fresh pastures or gather in sheep from remote fields for lambing, says the NFU.
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10th March 2001
Matthew Sereni Wins Potcreek Farm Junior Sportsman Award At Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show
INDIO, CA (March 9, 2001)--Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) announced today that Matthew Sereni, 16, of Los Altos Hills, California, has been selected by the judges as this year's winner of the Potcreek Farm Junior Sportsman Award at the Indio Desert Circuit--a six-week hunter/jumper horse show in Indio, California. The award will be presented to Matthew in the Grand Prix field at HITS Desert Horse Park on Sunday, March 11, during half-time ceremonies. The Indio Desert Circuit is one of the largest horse shows in the United States and is host to more than 2,000 horses competing in over 300 hunter, jumper, and equitation classes each week.
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10th March 2001
Saddletude Equestrian Breaking News
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9th March 2001 Royal Windsor Horse Show
This year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show will run from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th May and at present there have been no changes to the proposed schedule or dates.
In view of the serious outbreak of Foot & Mouth disease the organisers are constantly reviewing the situation with advice from the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, the British Show Jumping Association and the British Horse Society.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Royal Windsor Show Director said: “We are very aware of the situation across the country and the possible implications that disease control could impose. At present we are going ahead with full preparations for the show. We are in contact with the key organisations and are also giving strong consideration to the wishes of the agricultural and equine communities.”
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9th March 2001 Purina Mills Introduces Improved Omolene with Controlled Energy™
ST. LOUIS (March 8, 2001) - This spring, horse owners changing from their cold-weather to warm-weather feeding programs will have a new choice as Purina Mills introduces improved formulations of Omolene®, America's most trusted horse feed.
"Enhancements to the trusted Omolene formulation include improved handling and more 'controlled energy' with less sugar and starch," says JoAnn Fraser, group marketing manager of Purina Mills' Horse Business Group. "Omolene's vitamin profile has also been enhanced for optimal performance without the need for supplements.
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9th March 2001 Traxdata Provides Britain's Biggest Prize to Attract World's Best
Hickstead stages new competition with star appeal
A new class worth £40,000 to the winner and conceived by Traxdata is to be launched at Hickstead’s August meeting.
The class, to be called “The Traxdata,” will be the richest purse in Britain with a total prize fund of £120,000 and cash awards down to 10th place. It will be held on the Saturday of the Traxdata Derby Meeting including The Peugeot Derby (August 23 to 26).
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9th March 2001 Prudent Captures Challenge Cup
WELLINGTON, FL - March 8, 2001 - US Equestrian Team Veteran, Katie Prudent, of Middleburg, VA rode the 18 year-old Dutch bred mare and current American Grandprix Association Horse of the Year, Belladonna to victory in the $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup Thursday at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
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9th March 2001 Southern BET Exam Success
The first British Equestrian Tourism Examinations in the South of England were held in February, at Burley-Villa in the New Forest.
The course, which, whilst covering the whole syllabus, had an emphasis on client and horse care and thoroughly covered Health and Safety aspects, was highly praised by all candidates.
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9th March 2001
Federation Equestre Internationale
FEI News Flash
As a result of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Great Britain, the FEI has just been informed that Oviedo City Council has decided to cancel CSI-W Oviedo (ESP) due to take place from 29 March to 01 April 2001, following safety measures introduced by the Spanish government.
For the moment, there is no change to CSI-W/CDI-W s'Hertogenbosh (22-25 March).
9th March 2001
Caterers Ready to Cook at Brookhill Steeplechase 2001
Raleigh – While one needn't be a party planner to attend the Brookhill Steeplechase, a little party planning with a caterer goes a long way in making a steeplechase event more enjoyable!
Whether one is a paté de fois gras aficionado or a barbeque fan, watching the steeplechase while being waited on hand and foot can’t be beat.
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9th March 2001 The Northern Minnesota Horse Fair
The Northern Minnesota Horse Fair is an annual event for everyone interested in Horses. The Northern Minnesota Horse Fair will be at the Miners Memorial Complex in Virginia, Minnesota on March 30th - 31st and April 1st, 2001.
There will be entertainment, food, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits to appeal to every member of the family.
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9th March 2001 Chief Vet's Comments Reinforce Need for Caution - NFU
The Chief Veterinary Officer Jim Scudamore was absolutely right to be so cautious in his predictions about foot and mouth disease, the NFU said today.
NFU President Ben Gill said: "Jim Scudamore's warning that we are by no means over the worst shows the importance of the message we have reiterated time and again - we must hope for the best but assume the worst."
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9th March 2001 NFU Says Thanks For Your Help
The NFU has today thanked the long list of organisations and individuals that have thrown their support behind the efforts to tackle the spread of
foot and mouth disease.
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9th March 2001 NFU Raises Foot and Mouth Animal Welfare Alarm with Minister
The NFU yesterday continued a series of urgent talks with Government to discuss the control of foot and mouth and stress the welfare problems caused by animals being trapped on farms due to movement restrictions.
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8th March 2001
Federation Equestre Internationale News
7 March 2001
- FEI/Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- FEI/BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- Foot and Mouth disease affects equestrian sport in Europe
-Driving Think Tank ideas tested in Aachen
- Freddy Serpieri elected Vice President GRE NO
- New features on www.horsesport.org
- 2000/2001 WBFSH International Breeding Guide available
- New acting Chief Executive for ILPH
- In Memoriam: Hermann Duckek, Jasper Nissen
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8th March 2001
Getting the Feed Balance Right
Equilibra
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Equilibra has been scientifically formulated, to incorporate all the essential nutrients your horse or pony requires, to achieve and maintain peak condition.
Good top-line, excellent coat condition, brighter eyes, improved hoof quality, strong dense bones, stable temperament, reduced stress level, are but a few of the benefits that horse owners around the world say about their horses when fed Equilibra.
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8th March 2001
Farmers Thank BHS for their Help over Foot and Mouth
The BHS has received many expressions of thanks for the prompt advice it gave to horse riders as soon as the first case of Foot and Mouth disease was confirmed. Riders have been grateful for the guidance offered, and farmers have greatly appreciated the way many riders have taken that advice and not ridden out in the countryside.
Ben Gill, National Farmers' Union President said: "I would like to extend my thanks, on behalf of the National Farmers' Union, for the measures taken by the BHS during the current Foot and Mouth Disease crisis. It is vitally important that movements within the countryside are limited to the greatest possible extent, and the measures they have taken have served to improve this situation."
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8th March 2001 Bloomberg Wins Open Speed
WELLINGTON, FL - March 7, 2001 - Eighteen year - old Georgina Bloomberg of NY, on board her 10 year old gelding, Julius, took first place honors in Wednesday's $5,000 AmeriChoice Open Speed Challenge during the start of week seven of the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club .
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8th March 2001 Ukasta and the NFU Issue Reminder on Disinfectant
The NFU and feed supplier UKASTA have issed a reminder to farmers that disinfectant to spray down vehicles entering and leaving holdings should be available at the farm gate as well as outside the farm itself.
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7th March 2001 The use of essential oils in the management of viral infection.
These days, as foot and mouth disease rampages through the British countryside my thoughts turn to viral infection and the use of essential oils to help combat them. Essential oils can be helpful on three levels in the presence of viruses and bacteria:
Many oils are anti-viral and anti bactericidal, among them Manuka, Tea tree, Bergamot, Ravensara and Eucalyptus.n Eucalyptus globulus and Bergamot in particular kill airborne bacteria.
Essential oils are often immuno-stimulant so they can help the body fight of an infection and viruses have no place to make their home if the immune system is strong.
Essential oils work on the brain to relieve stress and tension which again leads to a stronger immune system.
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7th March 2001
More Stamina in the Codlivine Range
Formulated with the same care as Super Codlivine Supplement and Super Codlivine Supple Joint Supplement, the all new formulation of Super Codlivine Stamina represents the advanced naturally balanced supplement that is enriched with pure Soya Oil and Wheatgerm Oil. Super Codlivine Stamina reflects today's current ideas on the optimum in equine nutrition.
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7th March 2001 NFU Meets Race Authorities on Foot and Mouth
The NFU tonight expressed its regret that a limited racing schedule will resume tomorrow, despite farmers' pleas for a further period of suspension.
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7th March 2001
Warning on DIY Footcare for Horses
An alternative method of footcare for horses, originating in Germany, is causing concern with a leading horse welfare charity, farriers and vets alike.
The Strasser Method, as practiced by Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, advocates that horses should not be shod and that, after a short 3-day course, owners are capable of trimming their own horse's feet. The barefoot method falls within an overall philosophy of keeping horses as close to nature as possible by not stabling, clipping or rugging them, nor feeding supplements, administering painkilling drugs or using chemical wormers.
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7th March 2001
Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. and Four Winds Farm Sponsor $25,000 Pre-Green Hunter Invitational in 2001 Cosequin® U.S. Grand Prix League Finals
INDIO, CA (March 6, 2001)--Horse Shows In The Sun and Cosequin® have announced a new title sponsor for the pre-green hunter final in the Cosequin U.S. Grand Prix League Invitational Finals to be held September 26-30, 2001, in Culpeper, Virginia. The invitation-only class is called the "$25,000 Pre-Green Hunter Invitational Sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. and Four Winds Farm." The top 30 Hunters in the U.S. will be selected to compete in this finals class based on points earned at more than 45 member shows nationwide during this year's league season, including all six of the HITS horse show circuits.
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7th March 2001
Olympians Jump-Off at HITS Ocala-- Lauren Hough Wins $50,000 Cosequin® Grand Prix
OCALA, FLORIDA (March 4, 2001)--Two Olympians competed against each other in a six-horse jump-off at HITS Ocala IV today, and Lauren Hough, 24, of Ocala, Florida, riding Windy City, emerged as the winner of the $50,000 Cosequin® Grand Prix.
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7th March 2001 NFU Appeals to Horse Community - Please don't Resume Racing
The NFU today appealed to the horseracing community not to resume racing tomorrow because of the risk of spreading foot and mouth disease.
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6th March 2001
easibed Announces Two Major Sponsorships
“A fantastic breakthrough - it really is dust free!”- Di Lampard
International showjumper Di Lampard has become one of the first large-scale users of the all-new easibed finely shredded wood fibre bedding for animals and in a new sponsorship deal, will be supplied with the product for all horses in her yard - a product she describes as “A fantastic breakthrough in bedding as it really is dust free!”
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6th March 2001
Mustangs
Mustangs are found in all colors and combinations, all sizes and builds. Most common are browns, bays, chestnuts, duns; 14-16 hands; slight in build. One very impressive working Bureau of Land Management Mustang was 18 hands.
Mustangs are very tough, strong, agile, sound, quick to learn, and when you gain their loyalty, they follow directions easily.
Protected from being killed or harassed while on Federal BLM lands since the the 1971 federal "Wild Horse and Burro Act", wild horses are still subject today to death or displacement by fire, drought, humans with guns illegally shooting them on federal lands, overgrazing, straying off federal lands onto non-protected areas and being "disposed of" sometimes by other, non-BLM federal agencies, and lost legal battles with cattle grazers for rights to federal land. Currently there are less than 50,000 Mustangs remaining--with many herds numbering below the population numbers needed to stay healthy and free from inbreeding. Experts agree that at the present rate of decline, the Mustang could become extinct by the end of the century.
Determined efforts are now being made to preserve the remaining wild horses by the BLM, and organizations such as Wild Horse Research Center at Porterville, CA, the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros in Scottsdale, AZ, and the North American Wild Horse and Range Systems. Important strains of Mustang are being recognized and preserved, such as the Cayuse Indian Pony, Chickasaw Indian Pony (also known as Florida Cracker Horse), Spanish Barb, the Rocky Mountain Pony, and the Kiger Mustang.

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6th March 2001

The genetic sequencing of the Foot-and-Mouth virus by scientists at the IAH
The role of the Institute for Animal Health in the current outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in the UK
27th February 2001: The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) is an international centre for research into the major infectious diseases of farm animals. It is sponsored and funded by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and undertakes research in support of the policies of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) to control animal disease.
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6th March 2001
First Annual Fiesta Day at Indio Desert Circuit, Sunday, March 11, Will Celebrate Hispanic Culture
INDIO, CA (March 5, 2001)--Fiesta Day, a celebration of Hispanic culture, will be introduced at the Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show on Sunday, March 11, in Indio, California. Festivities with a Hispanic flavor are scheduled from 11am until 1pm. Visitors to HITS Desert Horse Park will be treated to strolling mariachis, a KUNA Radio Remote, piñata games, charro and escaramuza exhibitions (Mexican rodeo), pony rides, and a bouncy house plus educational activities and career information.
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6th March 2001 Equine Supplement Supply
Equine Supplement Supply has recently launched a web site dedicated completely to Equine vitamin, mineral, herbal & specialty dietary supplements. Equine Supplement Supply, a millennium company, was founded to offer horsepeople a place to purchase supplements similar to the "human health food store". It's not the huge tack catalogue that sells anything horse related. They specialize in one thing only, horse supplements. Products are grouped by category so you can effectively compare several "Joint Supplements" or "Multi Vitamins " in one place.
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6th March 2001
Daran Cohn and Gangster Win $10,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Classic at Indio--A Qualifying Class for the Cosequin® USGPL Finals
INDIO, CA (March 4, 2001)--Daran Cohn, 18, of San Diego, California, riding Gangster, was the only rider in a field of 51 horses to go double-clear in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today. Cohn took home the blue ribbon, an embroidered cooler, a silver trophy, and $3,000 for her win. Gangster is an eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Greystone Farms.
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6th March 2001
It's Two in a Row for Ray Texel and Fleur -- Winners of $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at Indio Desert Circuit
INDIO, CA (March 4, 2001)--Ray Texel and Fleur were last to go in a five-horse jump-off and beat Richard Spooner on Robinson--the only other double-clear--by .867 of a second to win the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today.
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5th March 2001


PI Associates / Poly Pads ® launch new Competition Pad
In response to the specialist requirements of competition riders, PI Associates / PolyPads® have launched a stylish new saddle pad especially for competition use.
The PolyPads® Competitor© has been rigorously tested by professionals and is already proving to be a competition winner!
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5th March 2001
Training Mythunderstandings Primary and Secondary Lines
We use aids to teach things to horses. In teaching horses to heed, we define an aid as a methodically applied directional pressure used to create a shape. Aids need to be horse logical. That means they must make sense to the horse in terms of what his natural instincts tell him to do.
The horse has two lines of influence. So does the trainer. Heeding uses these lines of influence to create horse logical pressures that indicate the shapes we want the horse to take. By changing the relationship of these lines of influence, we can ask the horse to walk, trot, stop, back or turn and to do those things in a particular direction at a particular speed.
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5th March 2001
Driving a carriage and pair through all of Germany
Starting at EQUITANA 2001
They have taken on quite a lot, Messrs Herbert Delbos (63), Günther Busch (61) and Arnold Winkler (64): they intend to drive through all of Germany in a covered wagon drawn by the two Oldenburg black mares Waidfee and Waidgräfin. At the EQUITANA 2001 the pair of horses will be sent off officially on the carriage sport day (Tuesday, 6th March).
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5th March 2001 Wellington's Margie Engle Earns 95th Career Victory
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA - March 4, 2001 - Six-time AGA Rider of the Year and 2000 U.S. Olympian Margie Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, riding Hidden Creek's Laurel, a 13-year-old Dutch-bred bay mare, defeated 68 starters en route to her 95th career grand prix title in the $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open Grand Prix on Sunday.
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5th March 2001
The XVIII Brazilian Exposition of Sport Horses
4th - 8th April 2001, in the city of Sao Paulo
Foals , mares , stallion show and competition to 5 , 6 and 7 y.o young horses.The best bloodlines -- Ramiro, Pilot, Cor de la Bryère, Landgraf, etc...

Visit the main haras in Brazil!
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4th March 2001
World champion amateur jockey to be a guest at the EQUITANA 2001
Nicole Traber-Renk (36) galloped ahead of the competition

Horse racing seems to be in her blood: the entire family of Nicole Traber-Renk, the reigning world champion amateur jockey, has devoted itself to the noble thoroughbred and the turf - with success . Nicole is not the only one who gained success after success in the Zürich Limmat, her father and her sister Birgt Renk, professionals in the racing saddle, are not unknown in the international galloping scene either.
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4th March 2001 Schmidt Clinches Open Jumper Classic
WELLINGTON, FL - March 3, 2001 - Jamie Schmidt, up on Mardi Gras, took first place honors in the Tommy Bahama Open Jumper Classic Saturday at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
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4th March 2001
Spooner and Robinson Win Their Second $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix--Spooner Chalks Up Fourth Grand Prix Victory at Indio
INDIO, CA (March 2, 2001)--Richard Spooner, 31, of Burbank, California, and Robinson outperformed a field of 51 horses to win the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today. This is Spooner's fourth Grand Prix victory at the six-week circuit, and his second win with Robinson in the Friday Ariat Grand Prix.
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4th March 2001 NFU Welcomes Government and EU Speed to Help Farmers in Crisis
The NFU welcomed today's announcement by Minister of Agriculture Nick Brown that he has obtained agreement from Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler that the European Commission will pay agrimoney compensation early to British livestock farmers during the foot & mouth crisis.
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