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2nd Mar 2002
Have a Ball for Charity
In celebration of the Horse and its 75th anniversary the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) is having a grand Anniversary Ball on Friday, 22 November at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, in London's Park Lane.
Tickets will soon be on sale, details to be announced shortly on the ILPH website - www.ilph.org - and in the horse related press.
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2nd Mar 2002

A 16-year-old and her Paint Horse win prestigious eventing competition title

Florida family takes chance on 'Joker's Wild' and wins American Paint Horse of the Year honors

FORT WORTH, Texas-In most card games, jokers have no value, so they are culled from the deck and cast aside. In other games, they reign supreme as "wild" or "trump" cards, and everyone hopes to be dealt one.
Jane Barron of Monticello, Fla., didn't know what she would be dealt when she ventured into the world of horse ownership to buy a horse for her then 8-year-old daughter, Becca, in 1994.
A friend suggested a pretty 4-year-old sorrel and white Paint Horse she had seen grazing in a field near her hometown. Mrs. Barron entertained the idea, but only briefly. "A young horse for a young child just didn't make sense," she recalled.
When Mrs. Barron found out the horse was destined for an auction, however, compassion got the best of her.
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2nd Mar 2002
USA Equestrian and NDSA Present Judging Dressage Riders With A Disability
USA Equestrian and the National Disabled Sports Alliance (NDSA) have joined together to present the forum, "Judging Dressage Riders With A Disability."
The forum will be hosted by the United States Equestrian Team at the Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey, beginning Friday, November 1 and running through Sunday, Nov 3, 2002.
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2nd Mar 2002
Spring Events To Complete World Equestrian Games Eventing Selection Trials
Gladstone, NJ—March 1, 2002—Two U.S. events – The MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI*** and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, CCI**** – will kick off the final round of the selection trials for the United States’ eventing team for the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The World Equestrian Games is scheduled to take place September 11-22 in Jerez, Spain.
Following six selection trials held in 2001, The MBNA Foxhall Cup, April 18-21 in Atlanta, GA, and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, April 25-28 in Lexington, KY, are the first of five selection trials to be held this spring. The two U.S. trials will be followed by the Badminton CCI**** in England, May 2-5; the Punchestown CCI*** in Ireland, May 16-19; and the Bramham CCI*** in England, June 6-9.
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2nd Mar 2002

15 Nations To Compete In SRNC Ireland 2002
Fifteen nations, including teams from the U.S.A, Canada and Japan, will be competing in the SRNC (Student Riders Nations Cup) Ireland 2002 later this month.
The event will take place in Brennanstown Riding Centre, Bray, County Wicklow from Friday March 22nd to Tuesday March 26th.
This is the second time Ireland has had the honour to host The Student Riders Nation Cup, which is seen as the most prestigious event in student riders' calendars.
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2nd Mar 2002
Second Annual Fiesta Day at Indio Desert Circuit, Sunday, March 10, Will Celebrate Hispanic Culture
Fiesta Day, a celebration of Hispanic culture, returns for its second year at the Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show on Sunday, March 10, in Indio, California. Festivities with a Hispanic flavor are scheduled from 11am until 1pm. Visitors to HITS Desert Horse Park will be treated to a day of family fun with strolling mariachis, authentic Mexican food from El Charro Restaurant, a KUNA Radio Remote broadcast, Charro and Escaramuza exhibitions (Mexican Rodeo riders), piñata games, pony rides, and a bouncy house plus educational activities and career information.
A newly published, full-color pamphlet-Careers in the Horse Industry/Carerras en la Industria Equina-will be distributed at Fiesta Day. The pamphlet is bilingual (Spanish and English) and provides information on the wide range of career opportunities available in the horse industry. The pamphlet will be distributed at all six HITS horse show venues nationwide throughout the year as well as at the Hampton Classic in Long Island, New York.
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2nd Mar 2002
National Disability Sports Alliance Announces Preliminary Selection Criteria for 2003 World Dressage Championships For Riders With A Disability
Kingston, RI—March 1, 2002—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) Equestrian Committee has announced the Selection Criteria for a rider with a disability to be considered for the 2003 NDSA Advanced or Developing Rider Lists, from which the U.S. Team for the 2003 World Dressage Championships will be selected.
The selection criteria was developed and approved by the NDSA Equestrian Executive Committee as of February 1, 2002 and will be administered by NDSA.
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2nd Mar 2002
FEI Endurance Forum Announced
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and its Endurance Committee are organizing an Open Forum for riders and chefs d'equipe in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on Sunday, April 28, 2002.
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1st Mar 2002

Teams Named For Samsung Nations’ Cup, Presented By Canadian National At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Tampa, FL—February 27, 2002—Show jumping teams from Argentina, Canada, and Ireland are ready to meet a top team of U.S. horses and riders in the first outdoor Nations’ Cup ever held in the U.S.

The $50,000 Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by Canadian National, is set for Friday, March 8 during the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The Nations’ Cup is sanctioned by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and will help determine which countries qualify to compete in the 2002 Samsung Nations’ Cup World Final in Donaueschingen, Germany in August.
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1st Mar 2002
New Girth Design Maximises Comfort Of The Horse
After a long search, The Free 'n' Easy Saddle Company has discovered a girth design to complement its revolutionary saddles; as part of its aim to saddle the 'whole horse'. The solution is a strategically designed, padded and elasticated leather girth, which offers maximum comfort for the horse and prevents over-girthing.
The Free 'n' Easy girth is made to the length specified by the customer in both standard and dressage versions to fit any saddle.
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1st Mar 2002
Revolutionary New Boots From New Equine Wear
Interchangeable 'PADUPS' for leisure riders a 'first' in protective boot design
Self-ventilating lining… waterproof…one hundred per cent shock absorbent
New Equine Wear, the specialist protective boot manufacturer, has achieved a range of interchangeable boots designed specifically for the leisure rider. Painstaking development means each style may be fitted to either near or offside leg, and either front or and hind leg, with reinforced areas protecting either cannon bone or tendon as required.
An ultra tough strike pad is made from thermo-moulded, high density and shock-absorbing foam, as used in shoe soling, a process also developed by the company. This incredibly durable material is already used by New Equine Wear competition boots at the highest levels of sport. Patents pending
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1st Mar 2002

Dressage, Show Jumping and Polo Stars Headline Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented by Outback Steakhouse on March 4
WELLINGTON, FL (February 28, 2002)-The Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented by Outback Steakhouse scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2002, in West Palm Beach, Florida, features four teams of dressage, show jumping and polo stars, including four Olympians.
In this three-phase event, the jumpers and polo players ride a dressage test to music; the polo players and dressage riders jump a course; and each team plays a chukker of polo. The team accumulating the highest total score for all three phases wins. The 'Best Horse' in each discipline receives a custom-made monogrammed blanket sponsored by Horseware Products of Ireland. Please click here for further details

1st Mar 2002

Launch Of The Myler Team UK
An unprecendented gathering of top riders, drivers and trainers took place on Friday 15th February at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, when Dale Myler gave a bitting demonstration and the new Myler Team UK was launched.
The Myler Team UK is a group of well-respected horsemen from across all disciplines, both amateur and professional, including both top and up-and-coming junior competitors.
The Team members are all enthusiastic proponents of The Myler Bitting System and are working with Belstane (the UK distributors), to promote better understanding of The Myler System and indeed bitting in general.
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1st Mar 2002

The 30th annual Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival will host the United States’ first-ever outdoor Nations’ Cup (international team show jumping competition).
What: Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by Canadian National (international team show jumping competition)
When: Friday, March 8 at 12:00 pm during the Cosequin Winter questrian Festival
Where: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.

Wellington is only the fifth U.S. location for a Nations’ Cup since the first Nations’ Cup was held in London, England in 1909. The first Nations’ Cup in the U.S. was at the National Horse Show in New York in 1911. The National Horse Show continued to host Nations’ Cups through 1998, missing only the years 1914-1924 and 1942-1945. Other U.S. cities to host Nations’ Cups are Boston (1929-1932), Harrisburg (1948-1963, 1965-1966, 1969-1972) and Washington D.C. (1973-present).
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1st Mar 2002

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W PARIS 8-10 MARCH 2002 ; CSI-W DORTMUND 15-17 MARCH 2002 ; CDI*** STADL PAURA 28 MARCH-1 APRIL 2002
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1st Mar 2002

Update - Irish International Equestrian Events 2002
CIC*/** ASHMOUNT ; CSI-C BALMORAL ; CEI** PUNCHESTOWN ; CCIO/CCI**/CCIY** PUNCHESTOWN ; CCI*/** BLARNEY CASTLE ; CEI** GLEN OF IMAL ; CEI*** MOURNES ; CIC**/* RICHHILL ; CSIO DUBLIN ; CEI** VALLEY MOUNT 11-12 AUGUST ; CEI***/** IRISH ENDURANCE FESTIVAL ; CIC**/*** SCARVAGH ; CCI*/**CCIJ*/CIC*/** NECARNE CASTLE : CSI-B CAVAN
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28th Feb 2002

Leading Event Rider Helps To Develop New Concept Saddle.
Leading event rider Gary Parsonage has been instrumental in testing and helping to develop a revolutionary new saddle in conjunction with Walsall master craftsman, Frank Baines.
"The Reflex close contact saddle combines two key features essential for today's rider; an extremely soft and comfortable seat allowing excellent balance for the rider and our new extended point system (EXP) that benefits the horse," explains Frank.

"The EXP system creates a larger bearing surface to more evenly distribute the weight and pressure of the rider across the horses' back, giving more comfort and freedom for the horse, especially when landing after a jump."
On landing, the combined weight of the rider and horse is taken on the front legs which then transfers across the body as the hind legs touch down. By using the EXP system, the weight of the rider is spread, thus reducing the pressure on the horses back from the point of the tree by up to four times.
Based on the extremely popular Elan close contact, the Reflex has been extensively developed in the USA for the last three years and thoroughly tested by several leading competitive riders both at home and abroad.
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28th Feb 2002
Armadillo Tie The Knot!
Founder members and Directors of Armadillo have announced their engagement to be married. Justin Hoon and Ally Le Seur met in the Pony Club when they were only 12 years old. They have finally named the day. Their wedding will be on 20th July 2002 at All Saints Church, Woodford Valley, Wiltshire.
Armadillo have designed and manufactured many innovative equestrian products and have won 3 New Product Awards at BETA since 1996. Matt Ryan, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist, (who they sponsor) among others have been invited to the wedding.
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28th Feb 2002
BETA FMD Survey Throws New Light on Affects of the Outbreak
AN industry wide survey carried out by the British Equestrian Trade Association into last year's FMD outbreak has thrown new light on the impact of the crisis.
The findings confirm that FMD affected some manufacturers and retailers more than others while an estimated total of £235 million turnover was lost to the equestrian industry.
The overall downturn in turnover across the whole trade averaged nearly 10 per cent but by the end of the year, both retail and suppliers showed a significant increase in turnover compared with the same time the previous year.
BETA Chief Executive and Secretary Claire Williams said: "Starting as it did at the beginning of a new sales season and just after the BETA International Trade Fair, FMD impacted not just on future turnover but resulted in the loss of investment made through marketing campaigns and new product launches.
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28th Feb 2002
Better Pet Care With Soda Crystals
Don't let the cost of some of today's cleaning sprays put you off giving your pet's cage or pen a regular clean out.
There is a less expensive solution to making sure your pet has a clean, hygiemic place to live and you don't even have to go to a specialist pet shop to buy it. You will find Soda Crystals, the cleaning solution used by generations of households, in every supermarket chain store throughout the U.K.
They are displayed in the laundry ot household products section and will cost you around 84p for a 1Kg pack. The beauty of Soda Crystals is that you can mix them to the strength you need for the job. And you can make up as much or as little of the solution as you want. For tackling particularly dirty jobs, use a strong Soda Crystals solution. Dissolve one cup of Soda Crystals to every pint of hot water used. FDor a regular strength solution, reduce the Soda Crystals to half a cup for every ipnt of hot water used.
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28th Feb 2002

Awards Given at the BETA Trade Fair 2002
IPC BETA New Product Awards
Saddlery & Tack (Judge - Sue Rawding) ; Rider Clothing (Judge - Lynn Russell) ; Feed & Veterinary (Judge - Karen Coombe) ; Horsecare Products & Equipment (Judge - Pammy Hutton)
Safety & Security (Judge - Mike Etherington-Smith)

The Country & Equestrian Trade Journal Best Stand Awards
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28th Feb 2002 Irish Horses Doing Well
EEZY (ISH) WINS $50,000 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER Another King of Diamonds. Eezy is by Diamond Chin by Flagmount Diamond by King of Diamonds.
The Irish Sport Horse Eezy has just won the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier at Indio, California last Sunday, the 24th February 2002. Ridden by Duncan McFarlane the big gelding produced a flawless jump-off ride with clever inside cuts to beat the competition by over a second. This successful pair were also recently placed second in the $50,000 Indio Grand Prix FEI World Cup on the 3rd February 2002.
King of Diamonds Granddaughter wins again
Ado Annie by Errigal Flight by King of Diamonds wins her 3rd World Cup Qualifier this year
Ado Annie (ISH) won the World Cup Qualifier ($40,000 dollar class) at Griffith Park, California on the 17th November 2001.
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28th Feb 2002
SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE
Telephone 0114 2964152
Fax 0114 2964060
Theft of horses and tack and attacks on horses in South Yorkshire since 01/01/2002.
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28th Feb 2002

Midwest Royal Classic Horse Show
May 4 & 5, 2002, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS
Benefiting Children’s Mercy Hospital
Icelandic, Peruvian Paso, Racking & Foxtrotters may come show in open gaited classes this year. Those breeds showing support may request classes for next years show. Those breeds may also give a 15 minute demonstration during this years show.
Please note: An entire day (May 3rd) has been added for Horse Clinics.. Please see website for details
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27th Feb 2002
The Pfizer Ridgeway Sponsored Ride
Pfizer, makers of StrongidTM-P, have pledged their full support for the Spinal Research Saddle-Up Campaign, and are sponsoring the Ridgeway Sponsored Ride in 2002. The ride will mark the end of the second year of the Campaign which has already raised over £30,000 for the charity’s new research programme, but they need to raise £3 million a year to take us a step closer to clinical trials on treatments for broken necks and backs.
The team at Spinal Research are thrilled to be working with everyone at Pfizer who are such keen supporters of equestrian events and of its participants. “Supporting Saddle-Up and the work of Spinal Research seems to make such good sense for all those of us who ride and we are pleased to be involved with such an exiting event”, said Laura Jenkins, Strongid-P Brand Manager at Pfizer. Strongid-P recently sponsored the Indoor Horse Driving Trials Championships National Final, of which the Saddle-Up Campaign was the beneficiary. “It is great to be helping the charity build on the existing support that riders are so obviously keen to give and to help Spinal Research meet their funding needs” Laura added.
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27th Feb 2002
Vetalintex Wound Hydrogel Launched
Robinson Animal Healthcare have extended their range of equine first aid and veterinary products with the launch of Vetalintex, Wound Hydrogel. The gel is presented in an easy to apply 15g tube and is an ideal addition to any equine first aid kit.
Using a hydrogel can help to maintain a moist wound environment, considered to be important for the healing process to take place at the optimum rate. Vetalintex has the ability to donate moisture to a dry wound, helping to remove any dead cells but is also able to absorb excess fluid, helping to avoid further damage.
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27th Feb 2002

Inner Vision Championships
The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. will co-host the first Inner Vision Championships for dressage riders with a physical disability. This first of its kind competition will include a special competition for blind and visually impaired riders from around the world.

Approved and recognized by the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee, the international organization that governs equestrian sport for riders with disabilities, the Inner Vision Championships will feature individual championship and team events. Riders are expected from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Japan and Russia.
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27th Feb 2002
Debbie McDonald Wins the U.S. Freestyle Championship Presented By USA Equestrian.
Steffen Peters Will Represent U.S. at World Cup Final
In a stunning performance, before a sold out crowd at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Debbie McDonald captured the U.S. Freestyle Dressage Championship aboard Mrs. Peggy C. Thomas' 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Brentina, with a combined score of 75.64%.
The U.S. Freestyle Championship was held in combination with the U.S. League Final for the Dressage World Cup on February 23-24, 2002 in Burbank, CA. In the field of nine qualified for the U.S. Freestyle Championship, seven declared their intent to compete for the U.S. slot at the 2002 Dressage World Cup Finals which will be held in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, March 21-24, 2002. Steffen Peters, riding Mrs. Lila Kommerstad's 14-year-old Dutch gelding, Grandeur, placed second (72.196%) in the Freestyle Championship and will represent the United States at the Dressage World Cup as McDonald chose not to participate to
concentrate her efforts toward the World Equestrian Games.
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27th Feb 2002
Tribble And Baird Win Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Opening Events
Tampa, FL – February 26, 2002 – Christine Tribble and Cody Baird took top honors on the opening weekend of the 2002 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.
Offering, for the first time, separate series for amateur-owner riders and for junior riders, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series started its 2002 season at the Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival on February 23 – 24.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Horse Sports Foundation. The Series holds classes at 51 horse shows across the country with, for the first time in 2002, a year-end championship Final at the National Horse Show. Also for the first time this year, the National Horse Show is accepting its amateur-owner jumper and junior jumper entries based on Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series standings.
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27th Feb 2002
Chris Kappler Named USET Athlete of the Month for February 2002
Gladstone, NJ—February 26,2002— Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ was named the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for February following his string of top-ranked rides during the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival’s February events at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Kappler rode Royal Kaliber, owned by Kappler and Kathy Kamine, to victory in the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup presented by Fleet Financial on February 3. He topped a field of 63 world-class competitors including riders from five countries.
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27th Feb 2002
Johnston Named USA Reining Seat Medal Finals Champion
Robert Johnston, 17, of Simi Valley, California, captured the 2001 USA Reining Seat Medal Finals presented by EMO Agency, Inc., held February 22-23, 2002, in Burbank, California.
Johnston topped a field of nine competitors to take home the national title aboard his American Quarter Horse, Paul Ivan Olena. Johnston also earned the "My Midnight Special" trophy for High Score Pattern Work and the High Score Equitation trophy, given by Lauren Bailey. This was Johnston's first year in the finals and is trained by Roberta McCarty, of Wildomar, California.
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27th Feb 2002

SJAI Appoints Wade As WEG Chef D-Equipe
At a meeting of the SJAI International Affairs Committee in the Farm Centre, Dublin on February 26, 2002, a decision to re-elect unanimously Tommy Wade as Chef d'Equipe for the World Equestrian Games and other Nations Cup shows was taken.
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26th Feb 2002
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented By Bayer Announces Schedule Of Television Coverage
Lexington, KY—February 25, 2002—The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, April 25-28, 2002, has announced an extensive schedule of television coverage for this year.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event takes place at the scenic Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and hosts the Rolex/U.S. Equestrian Team Four Star Championship for the Pinnacle Trophy. It is also one of five events held in 2002 that will help determine the Eventing short list of riders for the 2002 World Equestrian Games to be held in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain in September.
The sport of Eventing evolved from cavalry competitions around the world used to test the training and fitness of cavalry mounts. The competition consists of three distinct elements: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. The horse-and-rider combination with the lowest combined score from the three tests is the winner.
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26th Feb 2002
Welcome Back Ladies!
The popular Ladies Hunter of the Year Championship is set to return to the 2002 Horse of the Year Show (9th - 13th October at the NEC in Birmingham) with a brand new sponsor - Juniper Green Organic Gin.
Always a popular class with the audience, the prestigious Ladies Hunter Championship will provoke memories of a bygone age, as the graceful and elegant competitors compete mounted side-saddle and wearing traditional dress.
"We are delighted to have secured the support of Juniper Green Organic Gin for the Ladies Hunter Championship," commented Grandstand Media Director Mike Gill. "Once again, this traditional and spectacular showing championship will be incorporated at Britain's premier indoor equestrian event. We are looking forward to welcoming all competitors and supporters to our new home at the NEC in October. "
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26th Feb 2002
New ILPH Field Officer for the Highlands and Islands
A new Field Officer for the Highlands and islands will be taking up his duties at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) on Monday 11th March.James Maxwell (47) from Glasgow will be taking over the reins from David Craig who is retiring after nearly 12 years in the post.
Jim, as he is known, spent most of his working life to date in the Police, with 15 years in the Mounted Branch in Strathclyde where, as well as general mounted duties, he was an instructor and trainer of remounts.
A keen horseman in his own right he has competed successfully in BHS horse trials at both Novice and Intermediate levels.
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26th Feb 2002

Margie Engle Wins The $75,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup At The Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida—February 26, 2002—U.S. Olympian and seven-time AGA Rider of the Year Margie Goldstein-Engle won the $75,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup during week five of the 2002 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival. This was the 107th grand prix victory for the 43-year-old Wellington resident who, aboard her 2000 Olympic mount Hidden Creek’s Perin, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, blazed her way to victory during the grand prix event.
“I figured to just give it a shot in the jump-off,” said Engle, who leads all riders in career victories. “He turned super for me. I feel like he’s on form. I’ve been saving him. He’s plenty fit.”
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26th Feb 2002
Guenter Seidel Honored With Whitney Stone Cup
Gladstone, NJ—February 25, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has honored dressage rider Guenter Seidel as the 2002 recipient of the Whitney Stone Cup.
Each year, since 1980, the USET has recognized an individual who has achieved a distinguished record in international competition while also serving as an ambassador for the USET and equestrian sports by presenting them with the Whitney Stone Cup.
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25th Feb 2002
Anna Merveldt-Steffens Wins "Irish Field" Dressage Rider Of The Year Award
Senior Irish International rider, Anna Merveldt-Steffens is the winner of the prestigious "Irish Field" Dressage Rider of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Despite only one international outing in the first six months of 2001 due to the foot and mouth restrictions, when placing seventh in the Grand Prix Speciale at the Munich CDI** last May, Anna Merveldt-Steffens put in a top class performance to qualify for the individual final at the European Dressage Championships in Verden,Germany.
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25th Feb 2002
HITS Indio Desert Circuit Wraps Up Week IV With Many Winners
The blue ribbons and fun in the sun continue at the 2002 HITS Indio Desert Circuit. During Week IV some familiar faces returned to the winner's circle, and some new faces also garnered honors. Eva Gonda and Doubletake have enjoyed success throughout the Desert Circuit, and this week they captured not only the Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunter championship, but they also led the victory gallop in the $1000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic. Tess Albrecht has also earned a number of honors throughout the Circuit, and she clinched the $1000 Pony Hunter Classic aboard Lucky Too.
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25th Feb 2002
Duncan McFarlane And Eezy Make Easy Work Of $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Duncan McFarlane aboard Kathie Cheatham's Eezy was the first rider to clear Danny Foster's course in today's 27 horse $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix, and McFarlane never looked back. Only Misti Cassar joined the New Zealand rider in the jump-off. Although Cassar qualified two horses for the jump-off, McFarlane was determined to give Cassar a run for the money. "I wanted to keep the pressure on, but I also wanted to be clean. I didn't want to go too crazy." McFarlane took a very tight line and the big Irish-bred gelding made inside cuts with a cleverness belying his large, lanky frame. The pair stopped the clock in 45.20. "That was a flawless jump-off ride," stated fellow grand prix rider Richard Spooner from the sidelines.
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25th Feb 2002

The Linden Trio Seat
For a ringside deat at your favourite indoor or outdoor event, Linden Leisure are promoting the Linden Trio seat.
* Polished aluminium or stove enamelled foldind Seatstick with three legs anmd strong glass nylon seat (green, brown or black).
* Lighweight, attractive and very strong (approx. 750grms-810grms), it is suitable for persons weighing up to 150Kgs (24 stone)
Remember:- If you want to rest your feet - simply open out your "Trio" seat!
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25th Feb 2002
First In The Ring Takes First In The Class
First to go in a class is not always best in the world of grand prix show jumping, but Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, TX proved there are no absolutes. However, Fenney went in the ring first aboard S&L Willie, co-owned by Mike McCormick and S&L Farm's, set the standard for afternoon's event by going clean.
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25th Feb 2002

Show Jumping Results: Spanish Sunshine Tour, Vejer de la Frontera
PRUEBA/CLASS 059 Big Tour C
1) LUCKY PUNCH-W; Coumans, Gabriel (NED), 2) BAUCONCEPT ALMIRO; Marschall, Manfred (GER), 3) GUYS DE FOUGERE; Thirouin, Max (FRA)
PRUEBA/CLASS 056 Grand Prix Small Tour
1) FUNKY TOWN; Kitai, Kazuteru (JPN), 2) AVENTYNO; Connelly, Ailish (IRL), 3) LOSITA; Sousa Costa, Ana (POR)
PRUEBA/CLASS 054 Small Tour A
1) LORONA; Whinnett, John (GBR), 2) NEPTUNO; Barbosa, Bernardo (POR), 3) EROS DE CACHY; Rebelo, Laura (POR)
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24th Feb 2002
Training Mythunderstandings - Whips And Spurs And All That Excitement.
WAVERLY, WV As the horse moves along through his training, you go from showing him what you want to asking him for it and finally he knows what you want well enough that you can just tell him.
For example, when you're heeding a horse on the ground in an arena and you want him canter off on his left lead, you'll "skip"along keeping your left leg ahead of your right and you'll turn your shoulders so they create a feeling of "open" and "forward" in the direction you want him to go. In the beginning, since he doesn't yet understand what you're showing him, you'll probably extend your right arm out parallel to the wall and wiggle your whip to make a little fuss and create a little more activity in the horse. If he still doesn't get the feel of what you want, you might drop back a little further toward his hip or move in a little closer to him or whatever it takes for the light bulb to go on over that particular horse's head.
Once he understands what you are showing him, you can ask for the left lead canter and expect a more immediate response. You won't need quite so many pressures to create the feel in the horse of the shape that you want. When he's consistently giving you the left lead canter whenever you ask for it, now you can just tell him that's what you want with only the beginning of that little skip. That becomes enough to remind him of the full feel of the shape. It has become something like a signal but if the horse gets rusty, you can just go back to using a full corridor of pressures that ask for "canter" until he associates just one part of the corridor with the "canter" shape again.
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24th Feb 2002
Mary Tyng and Southshore are Only Clear In Jump Off for $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix
Mary Tyng and Southshore were the only pair able to log a clear round among the eight horse and rider pairs jumping off for the top prize in today's $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Show jumping action continued after a week break, and Tyng came into the second half of the Circuit ready for top competition. "I am not trying to qualify for the World Cup this year, so I planned a heavier season in the last half of this Circuit," said an ebullient Tyng after her victory.
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24th Feb 2002

Show Jumping Results: Spanish Sunshine Tour, Vejer de la Frontera
PRUEBA/CLASS 038 Big Tour B
1) BURNING FEDOR; Bourdy, Hubert (FRA), 2) HUNTER; Staut, Kevin (FRA), 3) ROMEO; Alvarez Buylla, Miguel (ESP)
PRUEBA/CLASS 036 Small Tour C
1) INCOGNITO; Llaryora, Gonzalo (ARG), 2) BLUE LAGOON; Barbosa, Bernardo (POR),
3) AVENTYNO; Connelly, Ailish (IRL)
PRUEBA/CLASS 044 Small Tour A
1) ALYWIN; Pearson, Russel (GBR), 2) PIPA CINDY; Parot, Samuel Jr. (CHI), 3) LOMONA; Whinnett, John (GBR)
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