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News Headlines 3rd April 2004

If You Missed It! Don't!
Belfast Indoor International Horse Show 2003 Official Video On Sale NOW!
If you missed the fabulous Belfast Indoor International Horse Show at The Odyssey Arena in November 2003 don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out as the show’s official video is on sale now.
Featuring all the best bits from the inaugural Belfast Show, the official video will leave you mesmerised by the enchanting performances of some of the World’s top acts, which graced the arena in 2003 with their show stopping performances keeping the Belfast audience on the edge of their seats during the four day show. Topping the displays, were Jean-Francois Pignon demonstrating his almost uncanny relationship and control of rider less and unharnessed horses, the three film stunt riders and horse trainers of the Naprous family, the immensely fast but very small ponies of the Irish Shetland Grand National and the jumping skills of the Flying Frenchmen - sometimes billed as human horses!
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Scope Festival Secures Three Year Sponsorship Deal With easibed
Scope Promotions (Equestrian) Ltd is delighted to announce a significant three year sponsorship with easibed, manufacturers of the totally unique dust free bedding. This new deal, for a substantial amount, will encompass the overall title sponsorship for the Scope Festival and will also include the 1.35m Grand Prix on the Saturday evening.
Having successfully run for the last seven years, Scope Promotions (Equestrian) Ltd is eager to be back on Staffordshire County Showground where the Scope Festival will incorporate six days of show jumping for an eighth tremendous year. Please click here for further details
Debbie McDonald Offers Training Package As Fundraiser For Olympic Dressage Team
WELLINGTON, FL – April 1, 2004 – It’s a dream-come-true package for any rider – one month’s training with internationally renowned Grand Prix dressage rider Debbie McDonald at River Grove Farm in Sun Valley, Idaho, complete with a stall for your horse and a condo for you. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be auctioned off on June 19 as part of a fundraising event at the Dressage Olympic Selection Trials in San Juan Capistrano, California, called “Celebrate With The Champions” chaired by Jane Thomas, Dick and Jane Brown, and Honorary Chairperson Akiko Yamazaki.
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Westminster Debate on Live Exports
Following yesterday's (Wednesday 31 March) debate in the Palace of Westminster on the possible resumption of the live exports of British horses and ponies for slaughter, the ILPH is encouraged by the Government's response.
The Westminster Hall debate lead to heated exchanges between Alun Michael, Government Minister of the Horse and James Gray, Shadow Minister for Agriculture who was answering the debate, tabled by Gregory Barker, MP for Bexhill & Battle.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
Top Sport, Top Stars open FEI World Cup Final
The nineteenth FEI World Cup Dressage Final opened today at Duesseldorf's Phillipshalle. Finalists from across the world competed in stage one of the competition, the FEI Grand Prix, which decides the starting order for the Freestyle finale on Sunday.
Holland's Anky van Grunsven, the record-breaking five-time winner of the World Cup title on her star horse Bonfire, set down the gauntlet with a win on her up and coming ten-year-old Gestion Salinero. " I was very happy with Salinero today" said van Grunsven. " He was more relaxed in the warm up and he just wants to do the job. He cruised through the test - he doesn't want to make mistakes." As van Grunsven spent most of last year out of the saddle due to a fractured thigh, she is even more astonished at the progress of the young Hanoverian. For Sunday's freestyle, she has perfected her new programme entitled 'L'Esprit Chanson', which she has already shown to be a winner during the qualifying season.
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BETA Launches New Consumer Safety Course
AN innovative new course has been launched by BETA in order to help give guidance to assistants, instructors, clubs and organsations on all aspects of safety, protection, standards and equipment fitting.
The BETA Consumer Safety Course follows on from one held in Ireland last year which was a great success and will be offered as both full day and evening sessions.
The courses will cover all areas of safety from the medical aspects of what equipment can do to reduce injury to the fitting of hats and body protectors. Advice will also be given on current standards and testing procedures for equipment.Please click here for further details

Jeffery Welles And Octavius Win $20,000 1.50m Classic At WEF In Tampa
TAMPA, FL – April 2, 2004 – Jeffery Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, riding Octavius for owner International Jumpers LLC won the $20,000 1.50-Meter Classic at the Tournament of Champions in Tampa, Florida today. Welles topped a class of 29 entries and was the fastest of three clear performances in a six-horse jump-off. Callan Solem of Colts Neck, NJ, aboard Mianta for Quiet Winter Farm placed second. Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, riding Sansierra for owners Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone was third Please click here for further details
Las Monjitas Remains Unbeated With 12-11 Overtime Win In Stanford Financial Group - 1OOth U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Seven-goaler Nacho Novillo Astrada scored on a 10-yard near-side shot 1:18 into overtime to lift Las Monjitas over Old Pueblo 12-11 in the first round of the Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In another first-round game, 8-goaler Mariano Gonzalez converted a 30-yard penalty shot 1:06 into overtime to lift Millarville over Texas Polo 10-9.
The victory gives Las Monjitas (3-0) a half-game lead over Pony Express (2-0) for first place in Division I. Pony Express plays Texas Polo (0-2) Sunday at 10 a.m.
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CSIJ-B Welkendraedt (Bel) 9 -11 April 2004
Ashlee Adams from Ashford KENT, Hailey Adams from Ashford KENT, Stacey Babes From Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSI*** Pioltello (Ita) 16 -18 April 2004
Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, Steven Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKS, Jamie Wingrave From Daventry, NORTHANTS, Anna Rees Based in Pombia, ITALY, Sharon Quigley From Whitchurch, SHROPSHIRE have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

News Headlines 2nd April 2004

High fibre diets can help laminitis management advises SPILLER
Spring is the highest risk season for laminitis, a very painful and debilitating condition from which native type horses and ponies are particularly at risk. The results of worldwide research into laminitis recommend high fibre diets with low levels of soluble carbohydrates and fructans and a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Feeds such as SPILLERS Happy Hoof meet these requirements perfectly.
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Minister reveals publication of industry research at National Equine Forum
Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael chose last week’s prestigious National Equine Forum, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, to reveal the publication of a Report of Research on the Horse Industry in Great Britain.
The Report, produced by The Henley Centre and jointly funded by Defra and the British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC), forms the basis on which a strategy for the industry will be formulated. It concludes that there is potential for real growth within the industry, with research initially estimating that the industry’s current gross output is approximately 3.4 billion, that 50,000 people are employed directly and a further 100,000 – 200,000 indirectly.
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Easton College Lecture Demo Boosts ILPH Funds
Following an extremely successful Piggy French lecture demo organised by Easton College students in Norfolk, the ILPH has received a cheque for £1,579.
As part of the Event Management module of their National Diploma in Horse Management, 12 students from Easton College, Norfolk, ably assisted by course tutor Hilary Francois and groom Lyndsey Platten, had to plan, organise and run a fundraising event.
They chose to organise a lecture demo with rising star event rider, Piggy French. ILPH Hall Farm, Snetterton, Norfolk was chosen as the venue firstly because it has such excellent facilities and secondly because it was felt that the students would learn more from having to liaise directly with an outside organisation in a realistic environment.
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Joel Wins Grand Prix and Audi
Joel, the 13-year-old gelding by Morningside Stud's champion sire Ekstein, won last weekend the 1.60 m. International Grand Prix at the Indoor Brabant Show in
Den Bosch, Holland. Joel and his breeder/owner/rider, former European Young Rider Champion Gert-Jan Bruggink, won an Audi car for their efforts.

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Laura Chapot And Sprite Win $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge At WEF
TAMPA, FL – April 1, 2004 – Laura Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, NJ, riding her own Sprite won the $5,000 Acorn Hill Farm Challenge today at the Tournament of Champions in Tampa, Florida. The win marked the third time Chapot and Sprite claimed victory in this class at the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival. The $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge is a member event of the North American League (NAL) Open Speed Series.
Topping a class of 24 horses, Chapot aboard her eight-year-old gray Holsteiner mare by Quidam de Revelle, was the fastest of five clear rounds over the speed course designed by Luc Musette of Belgium. The 14-effort course included a triple at No. 6 and ended with a double at No. 11 with time allowed set at 75 seconds.
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McLain Ward And Hurricane Win $30,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup Series Finale
TAMPA, FL – March 31, 2004 – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, riding Hurricane I for Turnabout Farm won the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Finale CSI-W today at the Tournament of Champions in Tampa, Florida. Topping a field of 36 horses, Ward rode the fastest of three clear rounds in a six-horse jump-off to claim victory and $9,000 in prize money. Laura Linback of Mundelein, IL, aboard Remember Me 9 owned by Woodrun Farm placed second. Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, NJ, riding Sun God for owners Ron and Cheryl Krise placed third.
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CSI** Moorsele (Bel) 9-11 April 2004
Sarah Lynch From Loughborough, LEICESTERSHIRE, Kelly-Anne Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX , William Funnell From Dorking, SURREY, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Jane Davies From High Wyucombe, BUCKS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

Lake Placid Horse Shows Take Center Stage Between Show Jumping Trials and Olympic Games!
Lake Placid Horse Shows Return To The Adirondacks June 30- July 11

Lake Placid, NY–March 31, 2004–The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, June 30 – July 11, 2004 at their fabulous horse show facility at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid, NY. The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows will be one of the last stops between the Olympic Show Jumping Trials and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and some or all of the U.S.’s Olympic show jumping riders are expected in Lake Placid before they head off to Athens.
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Stellar Roster of Riders Invited to Compete on April 3 in the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA, FL – March 31, 2004 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., producers of the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune, officially announced today the roster of riders invited to compete in this year’s event. The “Super Bowl of Show Jumping” will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on April 3, 2004, starting at 7:00 pm.
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CSI** Lummen (Bel) 16-18 April 2004
Stacey Babes From Kilmarnock, AYRSHIRE has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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Irish Olympians Inaugural Gala Launch
AN TAOISEACH, BERTIE AHERN T.D. AND JOHN LANDY, AC, MBE, GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA, MILE RECORD HOLDER
An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern T.D. and John Landy, AC, MBE, Governor of Victoria, Australia, Olympian, and holder of the mile world record (1954-1957) are guests of honour and speakers at the inaugural Irish Olympians Gala Lunch at the RDS Concert Hall on Monday 10 May 2005.
A few months before the 2004 Olympic Games are held in Athens, this event will bring at least one hundred former Irish Olympic Athletes together, including the medal winners, to celebrate their achievements and reminisce about Games past.
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CSI** Hardelot (Fra) 10-13 April 2004
Graham Lovegrove From Halstead, ESSEX, Alex Rident From St Valery en Caux, FRANCE, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, ESSEX, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM, Jane Annett From Sevenoaks, KENT, Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CIC2* SOMERLEY PARK GREAT BRITAIN 1-2 APRIL 2004
CSI-W GOTEBORG SWEDEN 8-11 APRIL 2004
CSI2* MOORSELE BELGIUM 9-11 APRIL 2004
CSI3* AREZZO ITALY 9-12 APRIL 2004
CSI4* SHEFFIELD GREAT BRITAIN 15-18 APRIL 2004
CSIOP & CSIP FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCE 15-18 APRIL 2004
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News Headlines 1st April 2004

Royal Windsor- a driven success
A highlight on the calendar of International driving competitors around the world, Royal Windsor Horse Show 13th-16th May 2004, justifiably lays claim to providing the most famous driving venue in the UK. Held in the stunning public and private grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix not only boasts a palatial course but also enjoys royal participation in the form of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, whose entry has been received for this year’s event. Please click here for further details
1st Int. Western Riding Show at Dortmunder Westfalenhallen - great show with superb sport and lots of spectators
Western riding as an attraction for spectators - this is the concept the Kampmann Pferdesport Festival in Bremen has been relying on for 17 years now. This year, the showmanagement of Dortmund Escon Marketing used this concept as well as the proven western show management of Carola and Ulli Vey for their renowned Dortmund Westfalenhallen Show. For the first time, there was a big international western riding show at Dortmund with attractive classes and good prizes, which was to become one of the main attractions for spectators. Please click here for further details

It's Game Fair Time For BETA
Following last year's huge success, BETA will once again be out in force at this year's CLA Game Fair.
Held at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire the Game Fair will play a host to a Hooked on Horses area, where BETA will have a stand.
BETA staff will be on hand to provide visitors to the event with information on safety and advice to assist those wishing to set up a business in the equestrian sector. Please click here for further details

All the fun of the farm
The Easter holidays are a great time of year to take children on a fun and informative visit to an open farm.
Spring brings a burst of activity and colour to Britain with trees coming into blossom, newborn lambs gambolling in the fields and the first green shoots appearing.
Some of the sights children visiting open farms this Easter will be able to see include newborn lambs and chicks as well as learning how their food is produced, go on nature trails and even take part in Easter Egg hunts.
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The Sun Rises On HITS-On-The-Hudson
Horse Shows In The Sun to Premiere World-Class Equestrian Facility in May
SAUGERTIES, NY – March 30, 2004 – From dawn to dusk, crews are hard at work in Saugerties, New York, making the final preparations for the grand opening of HITS-on-the-Hudson. The state-of-the-art horse show facility will premiere in May, marking the accomplishment of a long-held ambition for Tom Struzzieri, owner and President of Horse Shows In The Sun.
“A large concentration of our exhibitors operate out of the Northeast, and up until now the region has lacked a horse show facility designed from the ground up with amenities customized to their needs,” said Struzzieri. The HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds promises to fill that gap. Situated on the site of a former 200-acre golf course, the horse show facility took two years to complete. Struzzieri oversaw the project from the turning of the first sod, and every aspect of the facility was designed to his exact specifications. Please click here for further details
Dressage Online
Understanding the biomechanics and structural balancing of a horse’s movements creates great dressage performances, explains Tammy Fifer in her online course, Dressage: You Can Do It!
A dressage instructor and competitor for more than 20 years, Fifer is the newest “celebrity” instructor at www.horsecoursesonline.com, the nation’s leading online Equine Science program. Fifer’s course is one of the elective courses available through Austin Education Center or Scottsdale Community College.
Fifer’s course focuses on the basic dressage movements which lead to advance performances. The course begins with the observation of movement, then teaches the student how to improve that movement, and finally assists the student in mastering advanced exercises.
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Bendabout, White Birch Post Wins To Remain Undefeated In Stanford Financial Group - 1ooth U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada scored five consecutive goals in second half to rally Bendabout over Orchard Hill 13-8 and into sole possession of first place in Division III in the first round of the Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship Tuesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other first-round games, 3-goaler Del Walton scored six goals as White Birch dominated Isla Carroll 14-9 and Lechuza snapped Catamount’s seven-game winning streak with a 9-6 victory behind 10-goaler Sebastian Merlos’ five goals.
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Richard A. Lang Perpetual Trophy New to 2004 Garden State Horse Show
Augusta, NJ— March 30, 2004—The Richard A. Lang Perpetual Trophy, a new annual award for the Garden State Horse Show, will be presented for the first time at the 2004 Garden State Horse Show, held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds May 5-9. The award, which was donated by family and friends of the late Dick Lang, will be awarded to the Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Champion
Artist Nancy Beldon created the bronze trophy which features a harnessed driving horse without a carriage and a special Britney Spaniel named “Peaches.” “She was Dick’s dog. Everyone knew her… Everywhere he went, she was with him,” said Barbara Lang, Dick’s wife of 32 years. The bronzed version of “Peaches” even wears a scarf, similar to the one that Dick frequently wrapped around her neck. “Peaches is forever immortalized in bronze!” Barbara laughed.
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News Headlines 31st March 2004

European Parliament Supports Opt-out for Slaughter Horse Export
The European Parliament in Strasbourg have today, Tuesday 30 March, voted on the draft Regulation on the Protection of Animals during Transport and agreed amendments put forward by UK MEPs in consultation with the ILPH.
Their recommendations, if adopted by the Council of Agricultural Ministers and the European Commission, would allow the UK to prevent the export of horses for slaughter. They would also ensure that horses imported into the EU for slaughter are given a period of substantial rest at, or near the border, and before they can resume their journey.Please click here for further details

The British Horse Society applauds efforts of local council in the fight against Ragwort
Worcester City Council, in a bid to control the spread of Ragwort, are holding a 'Ragwort clearance morning' at Aconbury Orchard, nr Newton Hospital, Worcester, on Saturday 3 April from 10.00 am onwards.

Ragwort (Senecio Jacobaea) contains the toxic properties of several pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) which are poisonous to equines, cattle, deer, sheep, pigs, goats, dogs and humans, with equines being the most susceptible. Even small amounts of ragwort ingested by equines will cause damage to the liver with clinical signs only showing once the liver is 75% destroyed, at which stage the damage is irreversible.
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Voucher Scheme Helps Livery Yards Control Costs
A new scheme means that more than 700 livery yard owners insuring their businesses through South Essex Insurance Brokers can cut down the cost of their crucial public liability insurance, while their clients can reduce their horse or pony insurance.
Each establishment is being issued with vouchers, which will entitle clients insuring for the first time through South Essex to a £10 discount on their premiums - and each new policy will mean another £10 off the yard owner's next public liability renewal.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Driving News ; Chardon shocks Os-Hertogenbosch
Australia¹s Boyd Exell has won the FEI World Cup competition in ¹s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The biggest surprise however, cam from home driver IJsbrand Chardon. The triple World Champion was determined to finish his last World Cup competition of this season in the top three and so he did. Germany¹s Christoph Sandmann knocked down three cones in the second round, which made him end on the third place.
Boyd Exell, winner of the FEI World Cup in ¹s-Hertogenbosch in 2003, drove Fred Pendlebury¹s Cobs deliberately smooth and fast through the first round..
The best three drivers from the first round qualified for the second round, in which they started blanco again.
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Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** Features Stars In Show Jumping And Entertainment
WELLINGTON, FL – March 30, 2004 – The Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** to be held April 9 –11, 2004, in Charlotte, North Carolina, will feature not only topnotch riders competing for a total purse of $260,000, but also stars of the entertainment world. Produced by Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the event will be staged at the 14,000-seat Charlotte Coliseum, home of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and WNBA Charlotte Sting – basketball teams owned by Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Network (BET). Mr. Johnson operates the Charlotte Coliseum and is a longtime supporter of world-class horse shows.
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PERA News
There are still a few spaces available on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of April for the Albert Voorn showjumping clinic. This is a great opportunity for people to have a training session with the top Dutch show jumping rider and trainer. Please click here for further details

CSI-W s'Hertogenbosch 25- 28 March 2004
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Top Officials on Board to Judge at 2004 Maui Jim North American Young Riders’ Championships, Presented by CN
Old Mill Creek, IL—March 30, 2004—The Maui Jim North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), presented by CN, has announced an impressive list of officials for this year’s event, August 10-15, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL.
This year’s team of judges and stewards was hand-picked by the show committee according to its commitment to creating one of the finest equestrian competitions for Young Riders, age 16-21. The list includes some of the sport’s top names from the United States and other countries.
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News Headlines 30th March 2004

Federation Equestre Internationale News
29 March 2004
- FEI World Cup Dressage, CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch and Duesseldorf Final
- FEI World Cup Jumping
- FEI Top Ten Final supported by Gandini and Rolex allocated to Geneva
- Silver Camera Award, conditions of participation
- Death of famous Dressage stallion Dutch Gold
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New Class For Amateurs At Hickstead
Owner and amateur showjumper Mrs Julia Harrison-Lee is supporting a new class at Hickstead's British Jumping Derby Meeting which she hopes will help to improve standards in the sport.
The Hickstead Amateur Championship, supported by the yachting team GBR Team Challenge, with which Mrs Harrison-Lee is involved, is not open to riders in the top 100 of the BSJA Riders Ranking or anyone who has competed on a senior Nations Cup team.
The two-phase competition will send a final 12 riders forward to the championship in the International Arena, where the winner will earn a purse of £500.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Jumping News ; Ludger Supreme In s'Hertogenbosch...
On his sixth start in the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup Jumping series Ludger Beerbaum at last made his mark when victorious today with Goldfever at the penultimate qualifier in s’Hertogenbosch, Holland.
It has been a strange season for the German ace who had only picked up eight points on his previous outings at Berlin, Geneva, Leipzig, Vigo and Paris but it came together for him at the Dutch fixture at which spectators enjoyed a thrilling seven-horse jump-off.
Ludger was first to jump against the clock and he said afterwards "I had to set the pace but I feel I had luck on my side today because I only won by 100th of a second and one other rider was faster than me".
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Invitational Sunshine Tour and S’Hertogenbosch Results
The Spanish Vejer de la Frontera Invitational Sunshine Tour Grand Prix on Sunday, March 21st finished with Chippison (ISH), ridden by Marie Burke (IRE) jumping a double clear to take second, followed by Calvaro Star (ISH) and Samantha McIntosh (BUL) 0.4 seconds behind them in third. In the Netherlands last weekend Saturdays S’Hertogenbosch Essent Grand Prix (1m60) class finished with Sails Away (ISH) and Sebastian Numminen (FIN) in eighth place.
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Wrap Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 9, March 24-28, Tampa Bay Classic
TAMPA, FL – March 29, 2004 – The ninth week of the 10-week 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival entitled Tampa Bay Classic was held March 24-28 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida. Guilherme Nogueira Jorge of Brazil was the course designer for the covered arena, Luc Musette built the tracks in the Jumper Annex, and Philip DeVita designed the Grand Hunter Ring and Indoor Arena
The 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival wraps up in Tampa next week, March 30 through April 3, with the Tournament of Champions CSI-W at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the 2004 WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world.
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“An Afternoon Of Polo And Evening Of Elegance" To Benefit British Forces Foundation At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, FL – Historically, the U.S. Open has always been the grand prize of polo in North America. It is one of only three tournaments played at the 26-goal echelon, the highest-rated tournament in the United States. The first U.S. Open title game was played in 1904 at Van Cortland Park in New York City where the Wanderers defeated the Freebooters 4 ½-3, the lowest scoring final in the history of the tournament.
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San Saba Defeats Everglades 11-9 For First Win In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Nine-goaler Agustin Merlos scored six goals and San Saba played its best all-around game of the season en route to an 11-9 victory over Everglades in the first round of the Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship Monday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The victory evened San Saba’s record at 1-1 and kept alive their hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.
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Budweiser Has Long And Cherished History As A Show Jumping Sponsor
TAMPA, FL – March 29, 2004 – Budweiser, the world’s best-selling beer, and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., have supported show jumping in the United States for more than 50 years. Its support of the sport today is multi-faceted and varied, and centers on its title sponsorship of the nation’s premier show jumping event, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.
The 2004 Budweiser American Invitational presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune, the culmination of the 10-week Winter Equestrian Festival, returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday evening, April 3. The top 30 riders who qualified over the 10 weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival will compete for show jumping’s biggest honor.
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Beezie Madden And DeSilvio Win $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, Presented By Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W At Winter Equestrian Festival TAMPA, FL – March 28, 2004 – Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, NY, riding DeSilvio for owner Abigail Wexner bested a field of 36 riders to win the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, Presented By Kilkenny/ICH at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, today. The victory wrapped up Week 9, the Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W, of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Madden and DeSilvio were the fastest of six double-clear performances, topping the nine-horse Jump-Off. Derek Petersen, 37, of Archer, FL, aboard his own Promised Land placed second. Alison Firestone, 27, of Upperville, VA, riding Casanova for owners Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone placed third. The Grand Prix was a World Cup Qualifier, a Final Qualifying Class for the Budweiser American Invitational, and a Qualifying Competition for the AGA Grand Prix Series. Please click here for further details

CSI*** Arezzo (Ita) 9 - 12 April 2004
Anna Rees Based in Pombia, ITALY, Kate Mead Based in Hochdorf, SWITZERLAND, Jamie Wingrave From Daventry, NORTHANTS, Steven Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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CSI-W Goteborg (Swe) 8 - 11 April 2004
Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport From Knutsford, CHESHIRE, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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CSI** Lummen (Bel) 16 - 18 April 2004
Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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Las Monjitas Continues Winning Ways In Opening Round Of Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Silvestre Donovan scored four goals, all in the first half, as Las Monjitas built a 7-3 lead and coasted to an 8-6 victory over Texas Polo in the first round of the Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at Sunday International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other first-round action, 10-goaler Bautista Heguy and 17-year-old Sapo Caset scored five goals each to lead Pony Express over Millarville 12-11.
The victory keeps Las Monjitas (2-0) tied for first place in Division I with Pony Express.
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News Headlines 29th March 2004

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Anky Sweeps to top of the League
A superb performance from Anky Van Grunsven and Gestion Salinero secured the Dutch diva victory in the final qualifier of the FEI Western European League in front of an ecstatic home crowd at Indoor Brabant.
With wins at Mechelen and Amsterdam under her belt plus a second on her initial outing at Maastricht, the five-time World Cup winner goes into the Final next week as Queen of the League.
" Gestion Salinero was great, the best he has been so far" said van Grunsven. " The atmosphere here was brilliant, very special as always, and we are having a big party tonight for sure!"
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Arabian Horses Claim $2.9 Million in Sweepstakes Prize Money
In 2003, the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) paid out close to $2.9 million to eligible horses in the International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes program, making it one of the richest payback programs in the horse industry. Since its inception in 1984, more than 100,000 horses have been enrolled in the program, and each year approximately 1,800 owners receive paybacks. Most of the payback went to Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian show horses in disciplines ranging from dressage, reining and trail to western, hunter and country English pleasure. Endurance and competitive horses earned more than $62,000 while owners of Nominated Sires pocketed more than $105,000, based on the winnings of their offspring.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-J Auvers France 26-28 March 2004
Competition No.19 JUNIOR GRAND PRIX : 1) NOLINO; ROSSELLA DE SIMONE (BEL), 2) HONDINE PRINCESSE; MELANIE CLOAREC (FRA), 3) HERMES DU JAQUET; BENJAMIN BARBOT (FRA), 5) EURO CLOVER; WILLIAM WORKMAN (IRL)
Competition No.18 COMPETITION IN TWO PHASES (art 274) : 1) ELYETT DIABLE; TIPHAINE JORET (FRA), 2) FUN DU QUESNOY; BENJAMIN BARBOT (FRA), 3) DIDON CREPIN; ANTOINE BOULANGER (FRA)
Competition No.16 TABLE A. AGAINST THE CLOCK (art 238.2.1) : 1) TEAM HARMONY LIEKE; ABDEL SAID (EGY), 2) HONDINE PRINCESSE; MELANIE CLOAREC (FRA), 3) LE CRUISE; WILLIAM WORKMAN (IRL)
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W s'Hertogenbosch Netherlands 25-28 March 2004
VDL GROEP FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING
International Jumping Competition FEI World Cup Qualifier
1) GOLDFEVER; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER)
2) DILEME DE CEPHE; Bruno BROUCQSAULT (FRA)
3) SUNDANCE K; Franke SLOOTHAAK (GER)
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News Headlines 28th March 2004

Federation Equestre Internationale News
USA host their second 2004 FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier

The third qualifier of the 2004 FEI Eventing World Cup series begins today Friday 12 March. It will take place at Galway Downs near Temecula, CA (USA). This is the second out of four qualifiers organised in the United States, the others being Red Hills, Tallahassee, FL (12 - 14 March); Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, MT (23 - 25 July) and Over The Walls, Hardwick, MA (30 July - 1 August).
Twenty-three riders, representing the USA and Canada, have entered 25 horses in the FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier. Among them, Gina Miles, 30, on the ten-year old gelding McKinlaigh will be there to defend her 2003 title. Gina placed third in the first FEI Eventing World Cup Final in Pau (FRA) last October riding the same horse.
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Win-Win Partnerships Award 20 Distance Horses
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) recognized 22 Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses as its 2003 Distance High-Point Award winners. Sixteen of these horses earned blue fleece coolers for their excellence in competitive trail with eight participating organizations. The coolers were embroidered with the horse's name and the high-point award.
Each competitive trail ride organization submitted an application to become eligible and selected high-point individuals within that organization. Winners had to meet the following criteria: (1) ride a registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian; (2) be current 2003 AHA members; and (3) compete in at least five rides sponsored by that organization.Please click here for further details
Five Horses Emerge as All-Time Winners in Arabian Show Ring
Of the hundreds of horses that have won honors over the years at four national shows produced by the Arabian Horse Association--the U.S., Canadian, Youth and Sport Horse Nationals--five horses have conquered the arena winning the most championships by division (Arabian and Half/Anglo-Arabian) and gender. NDL Pericles+//, Monrovia X+//, Good Thunder+/, Berried Treasure++++// and Second Editions Debut+// are the ultimate ringmasters possessing the Arabian's charisma, soundness, trainability and willingness to please in show after show.
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Molly Ashe And Lutopia Win $20,000 1.5m Classic At Winter Equestrian Festival
TAMPA, FL – March 27, 2004 – Molly Ashe, 33, of Wellington, FL, riding Lutopia for owner Jane Forbes Clark won the $20,000 1.5 Meter Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa, FL, today. Ashe topped a field of 41 entries at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, host venue for the Tampa Bay Classic, the ninth week in the 10-week circuit. Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, aboard Miss Independent for the Pasmore Stables placed second. Kate Levy of South Salem, NY, in the irons on her own Lydia placed third.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W s'Hertogenbosch Netherlands 25-28 March 2004
FINAL ZANGERSHEIDE SIRES OF THE WORLD
1) MARIUS CLAUDIUS; Robert SMITH (GBR), 2) LAREINA Z; Dermott LENNON (IRL), 3) AUDI'S OKLUND; Eric VAN DER VLEUTEN (NED)
RABOBANK PRIJS
1) KALUSHA; Robert SMITH (GBR), 2) PORTOFINO 63; Michael WHITAKER (GBR), 3) QUIBELL; Jessica KURTEN (IRL)
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