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5th April 2003
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5th April 2003
Dressage at Devon to Host First-Ever NDSA IPEC Grade IV Invitational Championship
Kingston, RI — April 4, 2003 — Dressage at Devon will host the first-ever National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) IPEC Grade IV Championship for riders with physical disabilities, September 23-28, 2003 in Devon, PA.
The NDSA Championship will consist of two classes. The first is the Individual Competition in which riders will perform a standard Grade IV dressage test, while the second is a Musical Freestyle competition. Overall placings in the NDSA Championship will be based on riders’ combined scores in both the Individual Competition and the Freestyle.
The International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) categorizes riders with disabilities into Grades I-IV according to their disabilities. Grade I consists of riders with the most severe disabilities, while Grade IV is for those with the least. The Individual Competition test for Grade IV is similar to the USA Equestrian Level 4 test for able-bodied equestrians.
Grade IV riders have impairment in one or two limbs or have some visual impairment. Grade IV tests require lateral work and include work at the walk, trot, and canter. Compulsory movements include medium and collected trot, medium and free walk, 10-meter circles at the trot and canter, shoulder-in, half-pass at the trot, simple changes of rein, half-pirouettes at the walk, and rein back. Freestyles ridden at the Grade IV level may comprise more difficult movements such as lateral work at the canter and three-time sequence changes.
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5th April 2003
CSIJ Welkenraedt (Bel)
28 - 30 March 2003
A selection of new Accenture's Young Riders travelled to their first International show of the year at Welkenraedt in Belgium. Eight riders participated and collected a number of good wins and placings:-
Ryan Prater from Milton Keynes, Buckingham finished 3rd in the Grand Prix on his father's 10 year old, Waylands Playboy. Ryan also won a strong Accumulator class on Mrs S Forrest's Bullands Ladalco. Braintree's Michaela Russell had a very successful show winning the Table A and Table C classes with her own 9 year old, Bay Mare, Maverna and the 1.25m class on G W International's Zerro. Michaela also finished 5th in the Grand Prix on Zerro. Please click here for further details
5th April 2003
Equinox Resort and Spa becomes a Grand Prix Sponsor of the Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, Vermont— April 4, 2003 – The Equinox Resort and Spa, a four diamond resort in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, has joined forces with the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in becoming a Grand Prix Sponsor for the second year. The five week long event will be held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vermont, July 9 through August 10, 2003.
"The Vermont Summer Festival exhibitors have already discovered the fine staff and services of the Equinox Hotel, and I expect they’ll be flocking to the resort’s new Avanyu Spa during their free time this year" stated Dotty Ammerman, Vermont Summer Festival Executive Director. "While our competitors love the rural nature of the Manchester area, they also look for luxury and amenities."
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5th April 2003
World Cup Final Las Vegas (USA) 16- 20 April 2003
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE has qualified to compete at the above-mentioned show
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5th April 2003
Vermont Summer Festival Launches Improved, Informative Website
East Dorset, VT — April 4, 2003 —The Vermont Summer Festival, a five week circuit of hunter/jumper shows in scenic southern Vermont, has re-launched their official website www.vt-summerfestival.com, in response to the increased demand for “at your fingertip” information.Exhibitors will now be able to access an easily downloadable Prize List and Registration in .pdf form, communicate to show management via e-mail links, review this summer’s Show Officials, print directions to the show grounds, and read the latest Horse Show news. In addition, complete area lodging information is available, including on-line availability and reservation requests. Official results will be posted nightly during the show, which this year runs from July 9 to August 10, 2003.
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5th April 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI* HARDELOT FRANCE 11-13 APRIL 2003
CSI*/J/YR AUVERS 11-13 APRIL 2003
CSI-W FINAL LAS VEGAS, USA, 16-20 APRIL 2003
CSI*** AREZZO ITALY 18-20 APRIL 2003
CSIP FONTAINBLEAU, FRANCE, 18-20 APRIL 2003
CEI** HAYWOOD OAKS, GREAT BRITAIN, 19 APRIL 2003
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5th April 2003
CSI* Hardelot (Fra) 11 - 13 April 2003
In addition to Tom Davin, Lisa Fleetwood, Ricki Hill, Lynne Van Heyningen, Kelly-Anne Riches, Graham Lovegrove and Alex Newsham, Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
5th April 2003
CSI* Auvers (Fra) 11 - 13 April 2003
Veronique Whitaker Based In Brussels, BELGIUM has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
5th April 2003
CSI*** Arezzo (Ita) 18 - 20 April 2003
Lynne Van Heyningen From Westerham, KENT, Martin Dawes From Warrington, CHESHIRE, James Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS, Anna Rees Based in Novara, ITALY have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
4th April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
3 April 2003
WORLD CUP DRESSAGE FINAL
RECORD BREAKING VICTORY FOR ULLA SALZGEBER
Ulla Sallzgeber and her horse Rusty won a record-breaking World Cup Final in Göteborg, Sweden on March 30. The Grand Prix in the Scandinavium Sports arena was attended by an audience of almost 5.000, while the B-final for the lower placed participants by a crowd of 9.000. The final was sold out with 11.034 tickets sold. It is the first time that a Dressage World Cup Final is attended by over 25.000 spectators.

FEI BCM DRESSAGE RIDERS WORLD RANKINGS
Ull Salzgeber undisputed World No 1
With an increased number of points (80.338 pts), the World Cup Champion Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is the undisputed leader of the FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings. 1996 Olympic champion and 1998 World champion Isabell Werth (GER) went up four places from 10th to 6th rank with 74.972 points.
WORLD CUP FINAL JUMPING IN LAS VEGAS
STARTING FIELD 42 riders from 16 countries have qualified to compete at the World Cup Final to be held from 16 to 20 April in Las Vegas, NV (USA).
The best riders of the world qualified from 12 leagues over the past year. USA with 14 and Germany with 10 have the greatest numbers of competitors.
FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS
Good progression of the US riders A few weeks before the World Cup Final, the American riders are well represented in the Top 20 of the rankings with McLain Ward at the 12th place (last month 17th), Beezie Madden Patton 13th (previous rank 23), and Leslie Howard 17th.
Germany dominates the Top 10 with 6 riders, including of course World No 1 Ludger Beerbaum who is leading the rankings with 3546 points.
WORLD CUP DRIVING
Freund renews World Cup Champion title in Göteborg
Germany’s Michael Freund has renewed his World Cup title in the crowded Scandinavium arena in Göteborg. After four wins, the World Champion of 1994 was already certain of his victory, but he was of course keen on winning all five events. But his fellow countryman Christoph Sandmann claimed the first place in the last competition.
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4th April 2003

BEF Leads Industry Working Party To Consider Passport Legislation
Both the British Equestrian Federation Board and British Horse Industry Confederation have agreed that BEF should lead an industry working party to consider the passport legislation Statutory Instrument (SI), and provide a consolidated industry view to go back to DEFRA.

The SI was released by DEFRA for the final phase of consultation on Thursday 27 March 2003. A copy of the consultation letter and draft legislation on horse passports has been placed on the DEFRA website: www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/horsepassports/
Those who attended the Equine Passport, Disease Surveillance and Breeding Planning Team which produced industry recommendations for DEFRA on how the passports legislation might be implemented, last year, have been invited to join the new working party, as well as representatives from the BEF Member Bodies. Representatives from DEFRA have also been invited to attend to ensure that the industry representatives will have immediate access to the detail of the Government position.
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4th April 2003
Alberta, Canada, To Support Popular Hickstead Class
One of Hickstead's popular showjumping classes at the British Jumping Derby Meeting is to be sponsored by Alberta, Canada, and travel partners
The Alberta Canada Salver, to be held in the International Arena on August 14, first day of the meeting, will be sponsored by Travel Alberta and its partners - Canadian Tourism Commission, Rocky Mountaineer Railtours and The Independent Traveller/Ranch Rider.
It has been a popular class for some years, carrying £3,000 in prize money. Many leading riders use it to give experience to younger horses, or to introduce horses to the famous International Arena, which they say has an atmosphere "all its own."
The sponsorship could also benefit many of the 45,000-plus spectators expected at the meeting, which runs from August 14 to 17. A special offer exclusive to Hickstead will mean a £50 reduction on any 2003 or 2004 Alberta holiday bought through Independent Traveller and Ranch Rider..
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4th April 2003
Gina Miles Earns World Cup Berth at Galway Downs CIC-W***
Gina Miles and McKinlaigh, World Equestrian Games veterans, qualified for the inaugural Eventing World Cup scheduled for Pau, France this October. Galway Downs hosted one of two United States qualifying events, a great opportunity for West Coast riders. Nineteen horses and riders vied for one of three World Cup invitations during the March 28-30 event.
Miles rode a very solid dressage test and found herself in third place. "He is really maturing," stated Davis of the nine year old Irish-bred gelding owned by Thom Schultz. "His dressage is much stronger." The second day, cross country, was run under the CIC format adopted by the FEI. This new format, which eliminates Roads and Tracks an the Steeplechase, will be used at the 2004 Olympics, as well as this year's inaugural World Cup. Miles and McKinlaigh posted a clear cross country round and were easily within the time.
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4th April 2003
Double Blues for Molly Ashe At AGA National Jumper Championships
Wellington, FL – April 3 – AGA National Jumper Championships are in their 2nd day of competition at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on Pierson Road in Wellington.
First up in the Internationale Arena was Class 1007, the $2,500 1.45 m Time First Round. In this speed class a total of 43 horse and rider combinations were entered. Eleven horses had fault-free rounds. Molly Ashe and King Louie were victorious with an unbeatable time. Molly and King Louie were 16th in the original order and still none of the following 27 riders bested her time on course. Rosewood Glen Ltd. owns King Louie. Laura Kraut and Quickstar II Z were second in 72.266 seconds. Pasmore Stables of Kansas owns Quickstar II Z.
Molly Ashe won the second class in the Internationale Arena, a Take Your Own Line Class. This time Molly was riding Subliem, a Belgian Warmblood mare, for owner Ladson, LLC. Just 1/10 of a second behind Molly was second placed Leslie Howard riding Eleusis De Breve. Duerne Ent. owns Eleusis De Breve.
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4th April 2003
Mounted Games European Championships
Current British mounted champions Sussex dominated the European Championships held at Gothenburg Scandinavium Horse Show in Sweden. The international competition also saw Powys representing Wales finish second with the home nation of Sweden third, closely followed by Germany. In the pre-Scandinavium competition Sussex also ran out the winners by 43 points, closely followed by Powys on 40.
In the four-day competition held in the famous Scandinavium arena Sussex used their considerable experience to remain unbeaten. The team of Fliss Hotston Jones (Laura), Christian Jones (Pebbles), Alex Jones (Red), Gemma Haws (Mizmi) and Andrew Gledow (Christie) - trained by Clive Jones - dominated the competition to run out winners on a total of 90 points.
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4th April 2003
Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society Meeting
Savoy, IL. Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society will meet June 4-7, 2003 in East Lansing, MI. This meeting presents the newest research findings, cutting edge management applications and latest teaching techniques in the equine industry.
ENPS hosts bi-annual meetings where national and international members, guests and students are invited to present 15-minute oral reports and posters. The meeting also includes in depth keynote speakers with state of the art lectures in nutrition, reproduction, exercise physiology, management, teaching and extension along with a horse industry tour.
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4th April 2003
National Disability Sports Alliance Conducts Successful Forum on Judging Dressage Riders With Physical Disabilities
Kingston, RI—April 3, 2003—Following up on the success of its initial judges forum last November, the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA), in association with USA Equestrian (USAE), held a forum on judging dressage riders with physical disabilities at Quiet Oaks Farm in Winter Garden, FL, March 17-19, 2003.
The forum, recognized by the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC), was designed to provide judges with an overview of all aspects of judging dressage for riders with disabilities. It included discussions of criteria for becoming an IPEC international judge, IPEC rules and dressage tests, USAE programs, and descriptions of recognized disabilities. There were also demonstrations and actual opportunities for judging riders with disabilities.
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4th April 2003

Pan American Games Show Jumping Selection Trials to be Held at Lexington, Kentucky, May 10-17
Gladstone, NJ—April 3, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced plans for the 2003 Pan American Games show jumping selection trials to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, May 10-17.
Six rounds of jumping will be held over four days and will be used to decide the team of four horse-and-rider combinations plus an alternate to represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 2-17
The first trial will be on Saturday, May 10. The second and third trial, where each horse-and-rider combination will jump the same course twice, will follow on Sunday, May 11. Trial number four will take place on Thursday, May 15. In the final trial on Saturday, May 17, each horse-and-rider combination will jump two different courses.
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4th April 2003
Galway Downs Hosts Successful Event
While the inaugural CIC-W*** was definitely the highlight of three days of eventing at Galway Downs, March 28-30, competition was keen in the other divisions as well. Robyn Fisher, a student at U.C. Davis, discovered that consistency pays off. In the CIC**, Fischer rode Le Samurai for a solid dressage test that put them in 5th. With a clean cross country round, the pair moved up to 4th.
Going into stadium Fischer needed a clear round in order to have a shot at the top spot. When Kristi Nunnink, Kristin Bachman, and James Moore, sitting in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively all dropped multiple rails, Fisher took over the top spot. This was Fischer's first CIC** and she plans to compete in Colorado and then she hopes to qualify for Fair Hill.
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3rd April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
World Cup dressage Final breaking records
By Joep Bartels, World Cup Director

Ulla Sallzgeber and her horse Rusty won a record-breaking World Cup Final in Göteborg, Sweden on March 30. The Grand Prix in the Scandinavium Sports arena was attended by an audience of almost 5.000, while the B-final for the lower placed participants by a crowd of 9.000. The final was sold out with 11.034 tickets sold. It is the first time that a Dressage World Cup Final is attended by over 25.000 spectators. Eighteen riders from seven nations, - another record number - competed for prizes 200.000,-- Swiss Francs, including a high-end Volvo XC 90 for the winner.
For the first time the World Cup was divided in an A- and a B-final. Eighteen riders competed in the Grand Prix, won by Salzgeber/Rusty with a 77,40 % score in front of Debbie McDonald from the United States with Brentina, 72,28 % and Isabell Werth with Anthony from Germany, 71,60 %. Twelve riders went on to compete in the Kür to Music for the A-final, six riders competed in the B-final. The A-final included four riders from Germany, three from the USA, and one rider each from Switzerland, Great Britain, Russia, Sweden and the Netherlands. For the first time in World Cup history the judges' panel of five consisted of different judges in the Grand Prix, the B-final and the A-final.
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3rd April 2003
British Horse Society grants Honorary Fellowship to Ferdi Eilberg
The British Horse Society is delighted to announce that it has granted an Honorary Fellowship to Ferdi Eilberg, renowned dressage trainer and rider, in recognition of his services to horsemanship. He has been closely involved with the BHS for many years and leads the Society's Fellowship courses which are sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.
Granting the Fellowship is the highest accolade the Society can bestow on a trainer as it represents the pinnacle of equestrian professional qualifications. There are just 53 BHS Fellows and of these only Christopher Bartle is an Honorary appointment, all the others having taken an examination.
Ferdi, who is 49 years old and based in Worcestershire, spent his early life in Germany, serving an apprenticeship with Olympic Gold medallist Dr Reiner Klimke before coming to England in 1980. Eleven years later Ferdi took out British citizenship and has achieved major successes as a top-level dressage competitor in this country including representing Great Britain at two European Championships, in 1993 and 1995, and at the World Equestrian Games in 1994.
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3rd April 2003
Frost & Reed fine art dealers
Frost & Reed fine art dealers has been exhibiting in Saratoga Springs each summer for 24 years.
Now that they have a New York City gallery, in additition to their well known London gallery, they are even more excited about seeing their long time clients in Saratoga.
Frost & Reed has had close relationships with leading equestrian and sporting artists for decades, and are specialists in pictures by Sir Alfred Munnings, Montague Dawson, Heather St Clair Davis, Peter Smith and American Booth Malone.
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3rd April 2003
Margie Engle Wins 3 Classes Today! - 1.40 m Class, 1.30 m Class and 1.35 m Class!
Wellington, Fl – April 2, 2003 – AGA National Jumper Championship began with wonderful sun and dry temperatures in the low 80’s – beautiful weather for a competition. This all jumper competition continues through Sunday, April 6.
In the Internationale Arena, the $2,500 1.40 m Time First Jump Off saw fifty-five horses attempt the course. With clean first rounds, 18 horses returned to contest the shortened jump off course. Out of those horses, 12 horses had clean rounds in the jump off.
Laura Kraut and Wet Paint were the fastest and won the class in a time of 25.191 seconds. Wet Paint is a Paint gelding by Buddy Sacket out of Scenic Sweet Kitty and is owned by the Pin Oak Farm of Lake Forest, Illinois. Rich Fellers from Oregon and McGuinness were second with 26.799 seconds. McGuinness is owned by Harry & Molly Chapman of Wilsonville, OR. In 27.077 seconds was third place, Molly Ashe riding King Louie. King Louie is owned by Rosewood Glen Ltd.
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3rd April 2003
Forty-Two Riders Qualify for Budweiser World Cup 2003, the Show Jumping World Cup Final
Las Vegas, NV—April 2, 2003—Forty-two riders from sixteen countries have qualified to compete at Budweiser World Cup 2003, the Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
This elite group of the world’s best riders has earned the right to compete in Las Vegas by qualifying from eight leagues over the past year. They will compete amid the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas lights. The United States, with 14, and Germany, with 10, have the greatest number of athletes participating in the competition.
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3rd April 2003
EFI Statement On Cancellation Of Blarney Castle Event
THE EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION OF IRELAND has learned from Sir Charles Colthurst that, following the recent death of his father, Sir Richard Colthurst, the Blarney Castle CCI*/**Three Day Event will not now take place this year as scheduled. The Event was due to run during the weekend of May 29 to June 1, inclusive.
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3rd April 2003
Kappler Wins $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational to Culminate Winter Equestrian Festival
Tampa, FL—April 2, 2003— The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, March 29, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, capped off eleven weeks of intense competition, which comprised the Winter Equestrian Festival. The event, which crowned Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, aboard Royal Kaliber champion of the evening, put an exclamation point on an already incredible circuit.
In the final week of competition in Florida, the Tournament of Champions CSI-W, March 25-29, Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber, a horse he co-owns with Kathy Kamine, won the winter’s most highlighted event. Kappler topped a star-studded field of riders representing Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United States to win one of the largest purses in all of show jumping, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.
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3rd April 2003
USA Equestrian and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—April 2, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE) submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today documents containing bylaws and an application to be the Olympic Sport Organization and National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
The new organization is to be formally called the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. and it will be commonly referred to and marketed as U.S. Equestrian.
The bylaws and application, as proposed to the USOC Membership & Credentials Committee, will be available on the respective websites of both USAE (www.equestrian.org) and the USET (www.uset.org) before midnight tonight, April 2, 2003.Please click here for further details
3rd April 2003

USA Equestrian and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—April 2, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE) submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today documents containing bylaws and an application to be the Olympic Sport Organization and National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
The new organization is to be formally called the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. and it will be commonly referred to and marketed as U.S. Equestrian.
The bylaws and application, as proposed to the USOC Membership & Credentials Committee, will be available on the respective websites of both USAE (www.equestrian.org) and the USET (www.uset.org) before midnight tonight, April 2, 2003.
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2nd April 2003
Jeffries To Sponsor Ginny Elliot MBE
INDIVIDUAL and team Olympic medallist Ginny Elliot MBE has secured a new sponsorship deal with leading saddlery manufacturers E. Jeffries and Sons.
The triple Badminton and five times Burghley winner, European and World Championship victor is embarking on a new nationwide training series in addition to her usual clinics and coursewalks around the country, and will be involved in new product development at Jeffries. Duncan Kent of Jeffries said: "The skills and expertise gathered by Ginny over the years will be invaluable. We are really looking forward to working with her."
Added Ginny who is based at Middle Barton, Oxon: "I am delighted to be in a position to build a strong partnership and work closely with Jeffries. Their saddlery represents quality and is practical, two essentials when working with horses.

"Jeffries saddlery is synonymous with the best and it is wonderful to have their backing. Working on new projects and new equipment is always very exciting and I am very much looking forward to working together."

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2nd April 2003
Phil Bowen (founder) ALVA INTERNATIONAL Ltd.
Preparing his many times, Supreme Champion 15h.h Welsh Cob Stallion Rhystyd Dazzler for his show.
The day before the show
First step is to lead him into a clean bed-free stable. With luke warm water I start on his hoofs scrubbing with a stiff brush and scraping off all the mess, working my way up his legs.
Next wet his tail and remove all loose dirt, then his mane and forelock, lastly his back.
When the entire loose dirt has been removed, I then repeat the process with a good quality shampoo (I use Head and Shoulders, it is good and works out to be very economical.)
I always try to avoid shampoo around the eyes nostrils and inside his ears, as the mucous membranes can get sore. I do have a little trick for not letting the soapsuds into the nostrils and above all the eyes; this is to smear ALVASHADOW around the eyes and nostrils before using the shampoo. This I find helps to stop the shampoo from entering these areas and also has a calming effect on the nervous or worried Horse. Leave on for a great shine.
I have found it better to pour the shampoo along the brush when in the upside down position (the brush, not me) and then scrub the horse slowly to start, giving him time to realize it is nice to be massaged. When I have scrubbed him all over I rinse off all the shampoo and repeat the process again until the rinsing water dripping from under his belly is clear.
I then give him his final wash with ALVATEATREE MEDICATED SHAMPOO.
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2nd April 2003
Mister Springfield (ISH) Ranked Fifth in BCM World Breeding Rankings
Following his highly successful run at shows over the last few months Mister Springfield (ISH) has been ranked Number 5 in the BCM World Breeding Rankings (Showjumping) for the period from October 1st, 2002 to the end of February 2003. The other world class horses joining Mister Springfield at the top of the World Rankings include Shutterfly, Granie V, Gladdys S and Goldika.
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2nd April 2003
Priestley Cream of the Dengie Crops
The Irish determined to make the finals of the Dengie Winter League Show Jumping Championships their own for the second year in succession and Co. Down’s, Lisa Priestley, aged 15, (Iveagh) duly obliged with a blistering clear round in a time of 30.19 over Stephen Martin’s 8 fence jump off course.
A record 82 finalists congregated at Warwickshire College on Saturday (29th March) from an original line-up of 4,500 starters at 120 Centres for the seventh finals of this hugely popular series.
The table A7 course for the main event after lunch produced 32 clear rounds after a stuttering start with only one clear in the first seven rounds. But then came the clears thick and fast. The first two to go Chloe Hill (Derwent Hunt) and Georgina Morris (Oakley Hunt West), went round in blistering times and with the majority still to go, the crowd thought it was all over. Six rounds later though, enter Lisa Priestley who went round like a rocket on Dolly (30.19) and found the fastest line over the first three fences where even an experienced international might have struggled to find the right line.
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2nd April 2003
April 2003 HorseTV News and Program Schedule!
April brings some great new programming, including the beginning of our FEI competition series covering Dressage, Showjumping, Driving and Eventing. As you may already know, in January HorseTV acquired the television broadcast rights to almost 75 of the top FEI (International Equestrian Federation) horse shows and events from around the world, and will start off with the Show Jumping World Cup Qualifier held in Dortmund, Germany, mid-March
One of the real highlights of April will be the premier episode of “America’s Horseworld,” on April 19th. In this special edition, “America’s Horseworld” visits with Roy Rogers, in one of his very last interviews. You’ll see rare footage of Trigger as a four year old, and clips from many of his movies, as Roy reflects on how he was the “greatest horse that ever lived.” Trigger starred in 188 movies, and lived to be 33 years old! A fascinating trip to the Los Angeles Mounted Unit plus the amazing world of mules, is only part of what’s in store for you when the Mikmar Bit Company presents, “America’s Horseworld.”
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2nd April 2003
BSJA Stewards Enquiry
Following their meeting on 12th February 2003 the Stewards of the British Show Jumping Association imposed the following penalties:-
Mr M Murray, Smarden, Kent
Mr Murray was fined £500, Severely Reprimanded and Cautioned as to his future behaviour and suspended from all rights and privileges of membership of the Association for a period of three years with immediate effect.
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2nd April 2003

Debbie McDonald Named USET Athlete of the Month for March 2003
Gladstone, NJ—April 1, 2003—Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID was named the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for March after she finished second in the 2003 Dressage World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. McDonald produced the best finish ever turned in by a U.S. rider at the Dressage World Cup Final.
McDonald, riding Brentina, owned by Peggy Thomas, finished second with a score of 72.28% in the Grand Prix which was used to determine the starting positions for the Grand Prix Freestyle where she earned her second-place finish with a score of 78.89%.
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2nd April 2003
State Line Tack To Sponsor Pony Finals
State Line Tack has signed on with USA Equestrian as the title sponsor for the 2003 State Line Tack/USAE Pony Finals to be held at The Andrews School in Willoughby, OH, August 5 - 7.
Whitney Keeley, Director of Sponsorships for State Line Tack said, “State Line is proud to continue our longstanding relationship with USA Equestrian by sponsoring the 2003 Pony Finals. As the largest multi-breed equestrian organization in the United States with 80,000+ members, USA Equestrian offers State Line Tack a unique platform to market our product lines.”
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2nd April 2003
CSI-W Goteborg
27th - 30th March 2003
World Cup
1. Marcus Fuchs Granie 5, 2. Franke Sloothaak Joli Coeur, 3. Malin Baryard H&M Butterfly Flip, 4. Beat Mändli L B Pozitano
Grand Prix

1. Marcus Ehning For Pleasure, 2. Markus Fuchs Tinka's Boy, 3. Helena Lundbäck Mynta, 4. Thomas Velin Equest Carnute
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1st April 2003
Government acknowledges ragwort threat to equine welfare
Speaking in support of a Private Member's Bill on ragwort control, Minister for the Horse, the Rt Hon Alun Michael acknowledged that ragwort poses a real threat to equine welfare. During his speech in the House of Commons last Friday (21 March) he also said that he was keen to ensure that the Government play a full part in controlling the spread of ragwort.
Following the Bill's Second Reading it now passes to Committee stage for further debate and agreed amendments before returning to the House for a Third Reading
BHS Chief Executive, Kay Driver, said after the debate, "The BHS is delighted that the Bill has been able to move forward to Committee and pleased to hear the Minister's commitment to control ragwort."
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1st April 2003
Robert Smith Qualifies For World Cup In Las Vegas
Robert Smith riding Marius Claudius was equal eighth in the World Cup qualifying competition at Goteborg last Saturday giving him five points and assuring him of qualification for the final in Las Vegas 16th - 20th April 2003. Robert also won the World Cup preliminary competition and a 1.50m International, on Thursday and Friday last, both riding Mr Springfield.
Robert is the only British rider to qualify for the World Cup final 2003.
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1st April 2003
14 U.S. Show Jumping Riders Qualify for Budweiser World Cup 2003
Las Vegas, NV—March 31, 2003—Fourteen U.S. show jumping riders have qualified to compete in the Budweiser World Cup 2003, the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, in Las Vegas, NV. The riders earned the right to compete in the Final by being the top finishers in their respective Leagues.
Eight riders qualified from the U.S.A. East Coast League – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY; Norman Dello Joio, Lauren Hough, Margie Engle, and Candace King of Wellington, FL; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY; Leslie Howard of Westport, CT; and Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI.
In addition, four riders qualified from the U.S.A. West Coast League – Richard Spooner of Burbank, CA; Nicole and Will Simpson of Westlake Village, CA; and John French of Menlo Park, CA.
Peter Wylde, individual Bronze Medalist in the Show Jumping World Championships at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, was granted a Wild Card invitation by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and Robert Chelberg, an American living in Prague, qualified from the Central European League.
The Budweiser World Cup 2003 will be the fifth World Cup Final held in the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000).
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1st April 2003
Mister Springfield continues on winning form at Goteborg
The Goteborg (SWE) CSI W, from March 27th to 30th, brought further success for Mister Springfield (ISH) and his rider Robert Smith (GBR). Following their win on Thursday in the 1m50 International Jumping Competition, they went on to take first in Fridays 1m50 qualifier for the Grand Prix FEI World Cup.
Liscalgot (ISH) and Dermott Lennon (IRL) came seventh in the same class.
Frisky IV (ISH), ridden by Ludger Beerbaum (GER), was also competing at Goteborg. This partnership took fourth place in the 1m50 on Thursday and third in Sundays 1m40 class.
Further afield in the US, Carling King (ISH) and Kevin Babington (IRL) came tenth in the Tampa, Florida CSI W $200,000 Grand Prix.
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1st April 2003
Laurels At Landhope International Combined Driving Event Returns September 5-7
WEST GROVE, PA–March 31, 2003—The Laurels at Landhope International Combined Driving Event, September 5-7, the site of international and national championships, is primed to be an even bigger and better celebration in 2003.
New this year is the addition of the Tail Blazer’s Fall Dog Agility Trials, a live Dixieland jazz concert by one of the area’s best known performers, The Barbone Street Jazz Band, and a greatly enhanced Trade Fair with vendors offering a wide variety of equine and equestrian motif art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles as well as farm and garden equipment, carriages and carriage appointments.
USA Equestrian has chosen The Laurels at Landhope as the site of the National Pony Championships for the fourth time and it is hosting its third North American Single Horse Challenge sponsored by Martin Auctioneer & Kuhnle Carriages. The Laurels at Landhope is a member event in the FEI North American Driving Challenge.
Everyone that has a dog can relate to the talent of well trained canine athletes executing a tricky and difficult course. Dog agility with its universal appeal is fast becoming a major spectator attraction. The Tail Blazers Fall Dog Agility Trials is one of only four sanctioned trials in the area. The Tail Blazers, recognized by the American Kennel Club is expected to draw a new audience to the event.
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1st April 2003
CSI*** Monte Carlo (Mon) 10 - 12 April 2003
Damien Charles From Westerham, KENT, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details
1st April 2003

11th Annual Brookhill Steeplechase Scheduled to Run on Saturday May 3, 2003
The Raleigh Jaycees present the eleventh annual Brookhill Steeplechase on Saturday May 3, 2003 at Brookhill Farm in Clayton, NC. This annual horseracing event attracts over 12,000 spectators and Steeplechasing’s finest and highest-acclaimed horses and trainers. Gates open at 10am.
Sponsors include the Southeastern Helicopters, GlaxoSmithKline and Hunter Industries.
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1st April 2003
CSIPJY Moorsele
18 - 20 April 2003
The following riders have been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show
CSIP : Andrew Davin From Sale, Cheshire, Stacey Babes From Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
CSIJ : Mark Davin From Sale, Cheshire, Sophie Heaven From Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Richard Hook From Winchester, Hampshire, Portia Howard From Norwich, Norfolk with Uptons Jilburga, Aimee John From Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Lisa Phillips From Chelmsford, Essex, Zara Phillips From Pentre, Mid Glamorgan , G
eorgie Strutton From Steyning, West Sussex
CSIY : Lindsey Babes From Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Tim Gredley From Newmarket, Suffolk, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, Essex, Matthew Jay From Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, Victoria Mallin From Little Onn, Staffordshire, Anton Owens From Littleborough, Lancashire, Natalie Phillips From Leeds, West Yorkshire, Emma Shaw From Great Haywood, Staffordshire, Amy Watkins From Ashtead, Surrey, Lee Williams From Mold, Clwyd, Sian Price From Merthyr Tydfil, Gwent, Nicky Jennings From Carlisle, Cumbria
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1st April 2003
CSI* Hardelot (Fra)
11 - 13 April 2003
Davin From Sale, CHESHIRE, Lisa Fleetwood From Sale, CHESHIRE, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, ESSEX, Lynne Van Heyningen From Westerham, KENT, Kelly-Anne Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX, Graham Lovegrove From Halstead, ESSEX , Alex Newsham From Saint Valery en Caux, FRANCE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details
1st April 2003
USA Equestrian First Quarter Report Available
The first quarter report for the USA Equestrian fiscal year, beginning Dec. 1, 2002, is currently available
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1st April 2003

Gene Sittenfeld Joins Blood-Horse Publications As Circulation Director
LEXINGTON, KY - Blood-Horse Publications announces that Gene Sittenfeld has joined the company as Circulation Director.
For the past 10 years, Sittenfeld was president of Gene Sittenfeld Direct Marketing, a copywriting and consulting firm that worked with Magazine s, newspapers, web sites and newsletters across the U.S. His direct mail packages, gift, billing and renewal materials have been used by well over one-hundred clients.
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1st April 2003
CSIJ-A Hardelot (Fra) 25 - 27 April 2003
Richard Moor From Cirencester, Gloucester has been authorised to participate at CSIJ-A Hardelot from 25 - 27 April 2003 Please click here for further details
31st March 2003
Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber Win the Budweiser American Invitational With the Only Double Clear Round
Tampa, FL – March 29, 2003 – The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational had 30 horse and rider combinations attempt the course. Steve Stephens designed the course, which had a triple combination that was difficult for a number of horses.
In the first round, one horse was eliminated and two entries voluntarily withdrew. The sixth horse to compete was Eric Lamaze of Canada riding Rosina. This pair produced the first clear round but unfortunately had 2 time faults for a total of 2 faults on course. The course at this point looked difficult with a slightly tight time.
The 13th horse to challenge the course was Priobert de Kalvarie with Leslie Howard and they were the first combination to produce a clean round. Others qualifying for the jump off included Markus Beerbaum with Royal Discovery; Jeffery Welles and Ursa Major; Anne Kursinski and Eros; Meredith Beerbaum and Shutterfly; Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber; Candice King and Gosse D’Orion. Two riders representing Germany – husband and wife Markus and Meredith Beerbaum made the jump off. The other 5 riders were representing the U.S.
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31st March 2003
Horse Active - New First Aid Kits For Horse And Rider
March 31st 2003 - Horse Active recently launched a new range of First Aid Kits for Horse and Rider.
Horse Active know the importance of owning a properly equipped First Aid Kit and realise that the chances are that sooner or later an accident will happen to either horse or rider. Being able to make a quick response in such situations can lead to a speedier recovery.
Unfortunately first aid doesn’t just happen! In response to the need for equestrians to be prepared for minor emergencies Horse Active have developed a new range of first aid kits for horses and riders.
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31st March 2003
McDonald Places Second In Grand Prix Freestyle
Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID, finished 2nd position with a score of 78.89% in the Grand Prix Freestyle held during the 2003 World Cup Dressage Finals in Göteberg, Sweden, Sunday, March 30.
McDonald, riding Mrs. Peggy C. Thomas’s Brentina (Hanoverian: Brentano II x Lieselotte), finished 2nd in Friday’s Grand Prix which was used to determine the starting positions for the Grand Prix Freestyle. U.S. Riders Guenter Seidel, riding Nikolaus 7 (Westphalian: Weinberg x Elise), finished the Freestyle in 4th with a score of 75.72% and George Williams, riding Rocher (Westphalian: Rolls Royce x Fraenzi), finished in 6th with a score of 75.56%.
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31st March 2003
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Honors 2002 Inductees
Tampa, FL-March 31, 2003-The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducted its annual induction ceremonies during the intermission at the Budweiser American Invitational on March 29 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Harry R. Gill, Clarence L. "Honey" Craven, Calypso, and Gem Twist were inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. These join 45 previous inductees whose contributions to the sport set them apart and earned them the honor of enshrinement in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
A lifelong horseman, Harry R. Gill has been a major force in the world of Grand Prix Show Jumping. A longtime supporter of some of show jumping's leading riders, Gill has owned many of the country's most famed horses. One of the sport's foremost authorities on footing, Gill has served the industry by improving horse show venues and riding conditions, and as a member of several Boards of Directors and Organizing Committees
Gill's slew of champions is headed by the legendary Idle Dice, a charter inductee into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Ridden to greatness by Hall of Famer Rodney Jenkins, "Ike," won honors as the AHSA Horse of the Year, rode for the USET in the 1974 World Championships and won the American Gold Cup three times. Gill also owned the PHA Horse of the Year, Gustavus; the AHSA Horse of the Year, Beanbag; and the AGA Horse of the Year, Viktor. Other horses ridden under Gill's ownership included such superstars as Number One Spy, Sloopy, Brendan, Philco, French Rapture, Ping Pong, Robin Hood, Another March and Twist du Valon.
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31st March 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Goteborg, Sweden, March 27 - 30
Goteborg Trophy, International Jumping Competition
1) FOR PLEASURE ; Marcus EHNING (GER), 2) TINKA'S BOY; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 3) MYNTA; Helena LUNDBACK (SWE)
Class 12, International Jumping Competition
1) OLYMPIA 73; Michel ROBERT (FRA), 2) QUIFILIO; Franke SLOOTHAAK (GER), 3) FRISKY IV; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER)
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31st March 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSIP/J Welkenraedt Belgium 28 - 30 March 2003
Class 13, International Jumping Competition CSIP 1m15, Accumulator against the clock with Joker
1) Wouter Devos; Classic Roxy (BEL), 2) Marjan Poukens; Yraisa (BEL), 3) Heather Purcell; Garry Hack Flight (IRL)
Class 16, CSIP GRAND PRIX, International Jumping Competition CSIP 1m25
1) Julia Dieckell; Kiltormer (GER), 2) Charlotte Bettendorf; Ridefix (LUX), 3) Wouter Devos; Cote d'Or (BEL)
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30th March 2003
The Training Tree: Impulsion
WAVERLY, WV--A lot of horses that intend to play the higher level games can get along in life quite nicely if they get this far on the training tree. If a horse has rhythm, relaxation, and freedom of gaits, if a horse accepts contact on both reins, can move straight, and is balanced, then that horse is farther along in his training than 90 percent of the horses out there. He’ll do OK at lower level competitions and be a real pleasure as a trail horse.
If you want to play the upper level games, however, the horse needs to continue his body building program. He needs to develop impulsion, suppleness, and learn how to be on the rider’s aids so he can achieve true collection. These are the skills he needs to be a grand prix dressage horse or a super reining horse or a really agile cutting horse.
The horse has rear engine drive. Impulsion describes the powerful thrust from the hindquarters that propels the horse forward. Impulsion is the surge that occurs when the horse’s hindquarters push off the ground. With impulsion, there’s an elasticity and spring to the horse’s forward movement. A rider needs an independent seat and an understanding of how to coordinate aids in order to ask the horse for impulsion.
The only place you can actually see impulsion in gaits like the trot, canter, and gallop that have a moment of suspension (there’s always a foot on the ground when the horse is walking so you won’t see impulsion at that gait). The more impulsion a horse has, the longer that moment of suspension will be. Think of a jumper’s take off or a dressage horse doing an extended trot and you can picture impulsion.
To check to see if you have true impulsion, pick two spots in your arena. Ride at an ordinary, working trot and count the number of strides between those two points. When you come around again, ask the horse to lengthen, to give you a bigger stride with more impulsion from behind. Count the strides again. If you actually have impulsion, if you get the lengthening, there will be fewer steps between the two points. If you get more strides, if the horse quickens his strides when you add a driving leg, he hasn’t yet developed the muscles to create impulsion.
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30th March 2003
Coyle 6th At Gothenburg - Qualifies For World Cup Final
IRELAND'S Trevor Coyle tonight (Saturday) secured his place in the April Show Jumping World Cup Final in Las Vegas with a sixth place in the final qualifying competition of the season at Gothenburg, Sweden, earning himself a vital ten points, which now places him at 14th in the World Cup Rankings. Only 18 riders from Western Europe, plus the reigning World Cup holder, Rodrigo Pessoa, can compete for the Cup.
Coyle last qualified for the World Cup in 1999, when he impressively finished in Second Place at the Final with the Irish-bred stallion <Cruising>. Until recently, however, he has held a low profile on the international jumping scene, but this season bounced back into the limelight with a string of new horses owned by the Beverley Farm Stud in California, the most prominent being Fleur, whom Coyle piloted to 6th Place in today's last qualifier for the Cup Final. Please click here for further details
30th March 2003
Lincoln Commons Horse Association Horse Worm Lecture
Kindly sponsored by VIRBAC, CHANDLERS and EASY WORMER.
R.M.S.C. NEWARK ROAD. LINCOLN. LINCOLNSHIRE
6.30pm for 7.00pm
LECTURE TO BE GIVEN BY
DR.PROUDMAN from diagnosteq based at Liverpool university.
GUEST SPEAKERS - LIZ BARRAT from VIRBAC
PETER MUNROE - WHITEGATES VETERINERY.
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30th March 2003
Jeffery Welles and Equinox Win the $20,000 1.50 m Classic
Tampa, FL – March 28 – Four horses made it to the jump off in the $20,000 1.50 m Classic at the Tournament of Champions. There were 29 horses to start the class with a course designed by Mehves Trak of Turkey. This course was quite big and faults were scattered about the course. First back in the jump off was McLain Ward of Brewster, New York riding Galant. They were very fast with an inside turn to the in-and-out and finished with 4 faults in 29.946 seconds. Next was Jeffery Welles riding Equinox, a Dutch Warmblood gelding. The pair was fast and clean but he did lose a little momentum on the tight inside turn but finished in 31.432 seconds. Arriscraft Rocca and Keean White from Canada were next in the jump off and beat Jeffery’s time but had 4 faults. Last to go in the jump off was Rich Fellers from California, he and McGuinness completed the course with 4 faults. Jeffery and Equinox were the only double clean in the class and the winner.
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30th March 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Goteborg, Sweden, March 27 - 30
Class 10 International Jumping Competition Table C 1m40
1) LIBERO'S LUCILLE; Otto BECKER (GER)
2) GANDINI BIANCA D'AMAURY; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA)
3) H&M TAMINA; Malin BARYARD (SWE)

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30th March 2003
Helpful Hints
Everyone likes to save a buck from a horse, on a horse or for a horse!
Now you can with “Helpful Hints” at www.donblazer.com
In addition to getting free money saving tips and tricks, you can also get a free copy of the monthly newsletter It’s All About Money when you submit your favorite helpful hint.Log on anytime and click on “Helpful Hints” to see the latest money or time saving idea from and for horsemen.
“We all want to do the best for our horses,” says Don Blazer, author and trainer. “And it is always a bonus when you can provide great care for your horse while saving a buck or two.”
You don’t need to spend big bucks on fancy medication shampoos to get the “grunge” out of your horse’s ears or off the front of the cannon bone on the hind legs, Blazer points out. A helpful hint is the use of Windex. Spray a little Windex on some cotton and it will quickly clean the oily, waxy, dirt buildup from the horse’s ears. Or use Windex to get the dirt off the front of hind cannon bones. Just spray it on, and then use a rubber curry brush to clean off the “grunge”.
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