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News Headlines 17th April 2004

World Reining Trophy 2004: When the Alsace turns into a 'Mecca' for Reiners and Cutters...
Mooslargue (France), June 9-13, 2004

From June 9 until 13, 2004 the best reiners and cutters of Europe meet at Mooslargue in Alsace. The small village is situated about three quarters of an hour from Basel and is the home to HorseAcademy, one of the most popular western riding facilities of Europe. During those days, there will be the World Reining Trophy 2004. The show which concentrates on reining and cutting offers a total purse of EUR 160,000.-with EUR 100,000.-- (added) in the NRHA Lawson Bronze Trophy alone and EUR 15,000.-added in the Open Cutting.
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Derby Writer’s Son Presents Memoir at The Brown Hotel
Free Derby Week Event Will Air as Part of The Spoken Word Radio Series
(Louisville, KY, April 16, 2004) – On Thursday, April 29, Public Radio South will host a live taping of an episode of The Spoken Word at The Brown, A Camberley Hotel. As part of Derby week activities the evening’s program will feature a reading from “Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter’s Son” by author John Jeremiah Sullivan, son of veteran Courier-Journal sportswriter, Mike Sullivan. A question-and-answer session will follow.
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Canada’s Stuart Black and Fleeceworks Starlight Light Up Plantation Fields
Unionville, Pennsylvania – Canadian three day eventing competitor Stuart Black riding Fleeceworks Starlight captured the Open Intermediate division of the Plantation Field Spring Horse Trials held April 10-11 in Unionville, Pennsylvania.
Originally from Orangeville, ON, and currently training in Bluemont, VA, Black took the early lead in the opening phase of dressage with a score of 31 penalty points. Despite incurring four penalty points for a dropped rail during the stadium phase, Black maintained his lead going into Sunday’s challenging cross-country phase where he added just 2.8 time penalties to his score. Please click here for further details

Kenny Romps Through Card At Moorsele
WITH almost practised ease, Ireland's 15 yr-old Darragh Kenny romped through most of the major classes at the major Pony/Junior event at Moorsele in Belgium today (Friday).
The Offaly-born teenager, who has been a rising star in the ranks for the last few years, took third in the opening event with a new pony , < Earls Golden Glory>, then went on to finish fourth in the Junior class with <Tell Which Trump>, was narrowly beaten into second in the big pony class with <View Spot On>, and then triumphed in the day's final Junior class with <My Irish Paddy>.Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSIOP & CSIP Fontainbleau France 15-18 April 2004
Class No. 1, Table A Against the Clock (art 238.2.1)
1) IRONIE DES GENETS; ARTHUR CASTEL ESCOFFIER (FRA)
2) BERTHA'S CLOVER; DAVID O'BRIEN (IRL)
3) GALAXIE OF KALEM; EMMA DE MOUSSAC (FRA)
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News Headlines 16th April 2004

RSPCA Cartridge collection scheme proves popular with vets.
Did you know over 350 million ink cartridges are thrown away each year, adding to our countries landfill sites and destroying our environment?
In January Jet Tec rolled out their new ink cartridge collection scheme to over 4000 vets across England and Wales.
Participation is simple, just pick up a freepost return bag from your local vets, place your empty ink cartridge in it, seal it up and drop it in the post.
For every ink cartridge returned that can be successfully recycled Jet Tec will donate £1* to the RSPCA.
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Eventing’s Best Expected to Compete at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Lexington, KY—April15, 2004—Eventing’s biggest names are expected to compete at America’s most prestigious equestrian competition – the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer – which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 22-25, 2004.
The Event will host many of the world’s best horse-and-rider pairs as they compete for one of the most coveted purses in equestrian sports and one of the most prestigious championships in the sport of Eventing.
Husband-and-wife Olympians, David and Karen O’Connor of The Plains, VA, both past Rolex Kentucky champions, return for this year’s event. David won the first Olympic Gold Medal for the United States since 1984 when he clinched the Individual Eventing Championship on Custom Made at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with the best score in Olympic history. He also rode Giltedge in Sydney, helping the U.S. capture the Team Bronze Medal and also won the Team Silver Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Karen was David’s teammate on both those medal-winning teams. Please click here for further details
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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National Book Award Winner - Frosty: The Adventures Of A Morgan Horse
We are pleased to announce that the second book in our Morgan Horse series has been selected as a winner of the "Children's Choices for 2004." This prestigious award is administered by The Children's Book Council, Inc. and co-sponsored by the International Reading Association.
Nominated books were sent to selection sites in Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, Montana and Texas. Approximately 10,000 children then visited the sites, read the books and voted on their favorites. The award will be officially announced at the International Reading Association's convention in May in Reno-Tahoe, NV. We are very proud that Frosty was chosen as one of the top books. Please click here for further details
Equine Industry Group appoints new Chair to take industry forward
Lantra's Equine Industry Group has appointed a new Chair to steer activities and help the group to shape the future for training and skills. Helen Gallop, who runs Gloucestershire's Summerhouse Education and Equitation Centre, was appointed as Chair after a unanimous vote at the recent meeting of the Industry Group held at the Lantra Head Office at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
The Equine Industry Group, which comprises employer, education, trade union and Lantra representatives, meet and communicate regularly to steer priorities and advise Lantra on skills issues, and has already made valuable progress in helping the equine employers across the UK to address their business, training and development needs. Please click here for further details
Custom Made Retirement Ceremony Planned at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Lexington, KY—April 15, 2004—Custom Made, the famed horse that David O’Connor rode to the Individual Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, with the best score in Olympic history, will be formally retired in ceremonies at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 22-25. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25.
Custom Made, the 19-year-old Irish Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius, LLC, will no doubt cause tears to flow as he thrills the huge Kentucky crowd one more time with his magnificent presence.
In addition to his Gold Medal Olympic performance in Sydney, Custom Made finished fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Custom Made also had tremendous success at the Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** in Great Britain, finishing third in 1996 and then in 1997, helping David O’Connor become only the second American ever to win the prestigious event over its first half century.Please click here for further details

Irish Open Sheffield With Top Ten Places
BILLY Twomey and Peter Charles - both shortlisted for the Irish Olympic team - started the British Open Show Jumping Championships at Sheffield tonight (Thursday) in fighting mood, clocking up three Top Ten places in the first two competitions.
Twomey and the ten yr-old mare <Anastasia lll> took a Third in the speed class, while a short time later the Cork-born rider was sixth in the British Masters with <Whinnie Jackson>. Peter Charles, meanwhile, took fifth in the same competition with the eight yr-old chestnut gelding <Rockstar>. Both riders made it through to the jump-off in the Masters, and both registered double clear rounds.
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The countryside needs you
After a successful trial last year, the NFU Virtual Job Centre is being extended and launched earlier in the growing season.
The summer months are among the busiest on farms and horticultural units as crops are harvested and fruit, vegetables and flowers picked.
The virtual jobcentre – at www.NFUonline.com – will carry details of seasonal jobs from across the country offering the chance to pick strawberries, harvest herbs, prune trees and even make hay while the sun shines.Please click here for further details

Smith Wins Goteborg Trophy

Robert Smith from Shrewley, Warwickshire rode to victory in the Goteborg Trophy held Saturday 10th April at CSI-W Gothenburg beating a world class field. Robert riding his own 12 year-old grey gelding, Kalusha jumped a double clear round beating Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa and Baloubet du Rouet by just 0.15 seconds. Top German riders Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning finished in third and fourth places respectively. John Whitaker and Lord Z finished in 8th place with four faults in the jump-off. Please click here for further details
Isla Carroll, White Birch Advance To Title Game Of Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Sentimental favorite Isla Carroll and perennial powerhouse White Birch each registered dramatic one-goal victories in the semifinals Thursday to advance to Sunday’s final of the historic Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Pancho Bensadon scored eight goals to lead Isla Carroll past 2003 finalist Lechuza 12-11 and 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre scored on a short forehand 35 seconds into overtime to lift three-time finalist White Birch over Catamount 13-12. Please click here for further details

Blue Chip Winter Championship Winners
The Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships were held At Solihull Riding Club, Solihull, West Midlands from 30th March to 4th April 2004. Below is a list of the major championship winners:-Please click here for further details

News Headlines 15th April 2004

Classic Challenge In Olympic Year
Back in history the severity of the Badminton course used to reach a rotational peak in Olympic year. Now the challenge for the world's premier Event is equally demanding every year.
This year is the third with the new layout at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, starting and finishing in the main arena, and convention dictates the direction alternates. The course will visit many familiar landmarks, but some 15 new fences will give an exciting new feel, even for those riders who have tried for the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy several times before.
Course Designer Hugh Thomas was asked which were the most difficult fences and he said "I have tried hard this year to make the riders think all the way round. There are lots of alternatives and especially lots of slightly different lines through combinations, with a choice of striding, so the riders will have to decide the best way for their particular horse." Please click here for further details
Mark Phillips Appointed As Burghley Course Designer
Captain Mark Phillips, C.V.O., has been appointed to design the course for the world famous Burghley Horse Trials for the years 2005 to 2007 inclusive.
Captain Phillips, who won the Event himself in 1973 riding Maid Marion, was previously the course designer 1989-1996 and 1998-2000.
Of the appointment Andrew Tulloch, Director of Burghley Horse Trials said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Mark Phillips back to Burghley Horse Trials. Mark Phillips’ fresh style of fence design will be both interesting for the public and thought provoking for the riders. Over the years that Mark was designing at Burghley the stature of the event rose significantly. When we changed Course Designer in the last rotation, the committee publicly said that they hoped that, in future years, they would be able to resume their long, happy and successful association with Mark Phillips and I am delighted that we are doing just that. Our thanks go to Wolfgang Feld for doing an excellent job.” Please click here for further details
Big Money Draw For Stars Of The Future
Juniors get their second chance to ride for big money when Hickstead repeats its Pony Masters class at the British Jumping Derby Meeting (June 3-6).
The Hickstead Pony Masters, successfully introduced last year, gives the under-16s an opportunity to ride and compete in the famous International
Arena as well as earn a share in the £7,500 prize money - the richest prize for juniors in Europe.

Competition begins with two classes in rings two and three designed to whittle entries down to 20 for Saturday's third leg in the International Arena and then to 10 for Sunday's final, where the winner takes £2,500. Please click here for further details
Blue Cross survey uncovers consequences of “poor choices” in horse ownership
A new survey by The Blue Cross animal welfare charity has found that a third of horse owners had bought a horse which then proved unsuitable for their needs. It also discovered that nearly half of those who subsequently sold on a problem horse had not sought any help in remedying the situation. 75 per cent of those who did seek help found it either “very” or “quite successful” in solving the problems.
Half of the 1000 owners surveyed (496 in total) had either given up or sold on horses at some point in the past. The biggest single reason given was that they had simply outgrown the horse (37 per cent) or needed something more advanced (10 per cent). However 7 per cent cited “behavioural issues”, while other reasons included “Didn’t like him” (3 per cent) or “Too difficult to ride” (6 per cent). Financial reasons accounted for 6 per cent of the total. 31 per cent gave unspecified “other reasons” as to why they had sold or given up their horse. Please click here for further details

Whitaker Qualifies For World Cup Final

Michael Whitaker from Whatton, Notts will be Great Britain's sole representative at the 2004 FEI World Cup Final to be held in Milan from 21st - 25th April 2004. Michael secured his place by finishing in 15th place in the Western European World Cup Points List. The line-up of riders qualified for the final in Milan is as follows: Please click here for further details
All Natural Company Launches Non-Profit.
Prevents Disease.
Helps Animals and People Be Happier!
Be Happy is a small, caring company dedicated to helping people and abused animals feel happier through the sale of its all-natural, therapeutic luxury products. The founder, dedicated tothe premise of blending holistic health with natural remedies has created two distinct lines.Bugrepel, a non-toxic, environmentally safe insect repellent is herbal based (actually making you happier by soothing the skin and senses) and for use by you, your family and pets.
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Final Four Semifinals Postponed Until Thursday In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – A doubleheader featuring four of the best high-goal teams in the United States are ready for the semifinals of the historic Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship on Thursday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.#
Sentimental favorite Isla Carroll, led by 15-time U.S. Open winner Memo Gracida and International Polo Club owner John Goodman, plays 2003 finalist Lechuza, led by 10-goalers Pite and Sebastian Merlos, at 10 a.m.. Please click here for further details

CSI** Sachendorf (Aut) 7 - 9 May 2004
Gillian Bilbrough From Whitchurch, SALOP, Kelly-Ann Riches From Tiptree, ESSEX have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI3* PIOLTELLO ITALY 16-18 APRIL 2004, CSI-P/J/YR MOORSELE BELGIUM 16-18 APRIL 2004, CEI2*/3* SLANEY VALLEY COUNTY WICKLOW IRELAND 17-18 APRIL 2004, CSI3* VITTEL FRANCE 23-25 APRIL 2004, CIC3*/2*/1*/Y2*/J1* BALLINDENISK IRELAND 24-25 APRIL 2004, CSI2* LUMMEN BELGIUM 23-25 APRIL 2004, CCI4* BADMINTON GREAT BRITAIN 29 APRIL-2 MAY 2004, CSI2* LUMMEN BELGIUM 30 APRIL-2 MAY 2004, CIC2* OSBERTON GREAT BRITAIN 2-3 MAY 2004, CSI2* LUMMEN BELGIUM 30 APRIL-2 MAY 2004 Please click here for further details

CSIPJY-A Moorsele (Bel) 16 - 18 April 2004
Paige Neill From Barton, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Georgie Strutton From Steyning, WEST SUSSEX, Jodi Streeter From Dorking, SURREY, Christopher Sadler From Westerham, KENT have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

News Headlines 14th April 2004

Easy option for digestive upsets in foals
Digestive upsets in the new-born foal can be a nightmare for horse breeders during the spring, with the associated problems of rapid weight loss and weakness. Now thanks to Diarsanyl, a practical innovation from CEVA Animal Health, protection couldn’t be simpler or more effective.
Diarsanyl is quickly and easily administered by oral syringe in a specially formulated palatable paste to enhance absorption. It works by protecting the intestinal mucosa which carries out the vital function of screening and separating the gut contents from the body. Containing montmorillonite, which is 90 times more absorbant than kaolin, Diasanyl can absorb gut toxins produced in digestive upsets. At the same time it delivers a dose of electrolytes and dextrose to boost energy and aid recovery.
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South Essex Offers Low Cost Help With Vet Bills
An "accident only" healthcare plan is the main element of a new "£100 policy" devised by equine experts South Essex Insurance Brokers.
The Equine Easyplan policy allows owners to recover up to £750 for vet fees - although they have to pay the first £135 of any claim - arising from accidental injury to a horse or pony. And because of rising instances of colic, they can also opt for £1,500-worth of help towards fees for emergency surgery.
The policy has been introduced to meet the needs of people operating on smaller budgets but still wanting the security of good insurance. It is for animals up to 15.3hh at grass and being used for hacking and gymkhanas and for brood mares. SEIB supports the welfare work done by equine charities and "re-homed" horses over 16hh can also be covered. Please click here for further details
Hickstead Schools Championships Get Major Sponsor
Alpine Electronics, a market leader in car audio and navigation systems, is to support the popular National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead (July 31).
Schools and Pony Club branches from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland travel hundreds of miles to compete in the championships, which in recent years have been heavily influenced by Irish success.
Alpine are at the forefront of in-car navigation and rear seat entertainment and has a positive following amongst people involved in equestrian sport, something that Alpine would like to develop further.
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Magical Malin Jumps To Glory In Goteborg.........
Malin Baryard raised the roof off the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg today when sweeping to a superb victory in the last qualifying leg of the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup Jumping season.
In front of her proud and loud home crowd, the 29 year old rider from Norrkoping in central Sweden galloped home with H&M Butterfly Flip to secure maximum points and a total of 350,000 Swedish Kroner in prizemoney while confirming her place at the series Final which kicks off in Milan in 10 days time.
Course designer Olaf Petersen set them a tough first-round track which Malin described as "tricky and big with a couple of very difficult turn-backs – particularly to the last fence" but ten horse-and-rider combinations left all the fences intact to go through to the jump-off.
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Eriksson beats Freund at home soil-Freund wins third World Cup title
Sweden¹s Tomas Eriksson has done what no driver did this FEI World Cup season: he beat triple World Cup Champion Michael Freund! In front of an outraging Swedish crowd in the Globen arena in Gothenburg, Eriksson stayed ahead of Freund and his compatriot Christoph Sandmann and climbed to the fourth place in the final standings.
The best three drivers from the first round, Eriksson, Sandmann and Freund, had qualified for the winning round. The times and penalty seconds of both rounds were added together. OI hit two balls in the first round and new that I had to go for it. I took a lot of risks and was lucky to stay clear which put extra pressure on Sandmann,¹ explains Eriksson. Sandmann was unable to equal Eriksson¹s time in the speedy course, which was set at 10 cm tighter than yesterday¹s warm up competition, and knocked one ball down. Freund however, driving with a wild card, knew that he had to drive faster than his first round.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
13 April 2004
- World Cup Jumping: Malin Baryard wins last qualifier on home soil
- World Cup Jumping: Situation in the Leagues
- FEI General Assembly
- CSIO-P Fontainebleau
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USET Foundation Announces Legends Dinner & Golf Tournament
Rancho Santa Fe, California – April 13, 2004 – The USET Foundation is proud to announce the Legends Dinner and Golf Benefit, to be held on Monday, May 17, 2004 at the spectacular Del Mar Country Club located in Rancho Santa Fe, California
Proceeds of the benefit will help support this country’s equestrian International High Performance Athletes. Contributions are tax deductible.
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Cross Country International Invites Equestrians to Meet “Singles in the Saddle”
Millbrook, NY—April 13, 2004—Cross Country International (CCI) is making it easier and more economical for the nearly 40 million Americans who travel solo each year. In an attempt to make travel more affordable for single men and women, we work with "singles friendly" tour, and resort suppliers. With single travel on the rise, CCI has created a variety of customized equestrian vacations, which cater to single travelers both in experience and price.
The four “Singles in the Saddle” packages, which are priced specifically for single travelers, allow single travelers to pair their love of riding with the opportunity to meet other individuals who share their interests, set against the backdrop of a variety of spectacular destinations. Participants in the singles rides will share a passion for horses, a longing for adventure and a desire to meet new people.
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CSI* Massazza (Ita) 16 - 18 April 2004
Anna Rees Based in Pombia, ITALY has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSI** Lummen (Bel) 23 - 25 April 2004
Stacey Babes From Kilmarnock, AYRSHIRE has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSIO***** La Boule (Fra) 6- 9 May 2004

Super League Event
Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE, Mark Armstrong From Bordon, HANTS, have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
TEAM MANAGER Derek Ricketts, from Bicester, OXON.
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New Lucky Stars Collectible Plush Horses Stampede into Stores for June 2004
Wild Heart Ranch Launches New and Creative Line
By Jennifer Lee Published April 13, 2004
Point Roberts, WA, Delta, B.C. April 13, 2004 - Wild Heart Ranch, Inc. launches a new line of mini plush horses, the ‘Lucky Stars Collection’. The 12 collectible mini horses created in this line are expected to become available in stores by June 2004.
Touted as one of the best virtual reality games invented yet, children can use their imaginations to bring the world of Eclipse, Moonglow, Flying Wind, Moonbeam, Strawberry Roan, Starlight, Galaxy, Comet, Painted Sky, Brodie’s Comet, Golden Earth and Earthquake, to true and sparkling life! Though they come in very lifelike colors, their magical lights show that there’s something extra special about these horses that rule the night. Please click here for further details

CSI* Hardelot (Fra) 16 - 18 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

News Headlines 13th April 2004


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Beezie Madden And Judgement Win $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 11, 2004 – Wrapping up the inaugural Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** on Easter Sunday, Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, NY, riding the Dutch-bred stallion Judgement owned by Iron Spring Farm, claimed victory in the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcats Cup, a Member Event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA) Series of Show Jumping. The grand prix was held over two days, April 10-11, in two rounds of competition at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. Judgement was one of eight horses in a field of 26 that produced a clear trip in Round One on Saturday, carrying no faults forward into Sunday’s Round Two, where only four of the 24 horses were able to go clear again and move on to the Jump-Off. Judgement and Madden went fault-free in the tiebreaker, claiming the win and $45,000 in prize money. Please click here for further details

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Katrina Woods And Susdal Win $25,000 Charlotte Amateur/Young Rider Grand Prix
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 11, 2004 – Easter Sunday at the Charlotte Coliseum kicked off with another win for Katrina Woods, 18, of Bronxville, NY, aboard her own Susdal in the $25,000 Charlotte Amateur/Young Rider Grand Prix in Charlotte, NC. The win also gave Woods the Leading Amateur/Young Rider Award based on her performances in the four Amateur/Young Rider classes held over three days at the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****. In today’s class, Woods and Susdal topped a field of 16 entries and were the fastest of three clear trips in the four-horse jump-off. The teen earned $7,500 for her victory. Cayce Harrison of Wellington, FL, riding Reggae owned by her family’s Double H Farm placed second. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, aboard Nadia owned by Gotham Enterprizes was third Please click here for further details
Easter Bunny And Polo Continue Familiar Tradition At Stanford Financial Group - U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Exciting polo and Easter are a South Florida tradition almost as familiar as champagne and caviar. The Easter Bunny made his first appearance at the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States, the Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open at International Polo Club Palm Beach, which continues to draw large crowds.
The most recent Sunday afternoon game, sponsored by Cunard, highlighted arch-rivals Bendabout against Catamount and was played before 3,163 spectators, the largest crowd of the inaugural season. Catamount, led by Carlos Gracida’s seven goals, recorded an emotional 10-4 victory to advance to the semifinals.
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Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** April 9-11, Wrap-Up
Beezie Madden And Judgement Win $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte
The highlight and featured event of the inaugural Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****, April 9-11, in Charlotte, North Carolina, was held on Easter Sunday with Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, NY, riding the Dutch-bred stallion Judgement owned by Iron Spring Farm, to victory in the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcats Cup, a Member Event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA) Series of Show Jumping.
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Craig Schmersal and Tom McCutcheon Win Cosequin/USEF Open Reining Championship Qualifiers
Two of the nation’s best reining riders, Craig Schmersal and Tom McCutcheon, won the Cosequin/USEF Open Reining Championship Qualifiers held in March. Craig Schmersal of Menifee, CA, took top honors on two horses at the Scottsdale Reining Horse Classic in Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, March 5 and Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, TX, edged out his father-in-law Tim McQuay for the victory at the Gordyville Breeders Cup in Gifford, IL on Saturday, March 20.
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Show Jumping Results CSI*** Arezzo Italy 9 - 12 April 2004
Class 21- 1m50 GRAND PRIX
1) ASHDALE FUTURO; David QUIGLEY (IRL)
2) MME POMPADOUR M; Fabio CROTTA (SUI),
3) CROCUS GRAVERIE; Gilles B. DE BALLANDA (FRA)
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Catamount Beats Bendabout To Lead Quartet Into Semifinals In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Nine-goaler Carlos Gracida raised his game to a higher level, scoring seven goals to lead Catamount over arch-rival Bendabout 10-4 in the quarterfinals of the historic Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach
In other quarterfinals on Sunday, sentimental favorite Isla Carroll upset Division I winner Las Monjitas 12-11 in overtime, 2003 finalist Lechuza defeated Pony Express 13-11 as 10-goaler Pite Merlos scored seven goals and three-time finalist White Birch topped Old Pueblo 10-8 as 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre scored four goals. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 12th April 2004


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Cara Raether And Olympus Win $5,000 Amateur/Young Riders Top Score
Riders Complete Round One Of $150,000 Grand Prix Of Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 10, 2004 – The evening show of the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** kicked off tonight with victory in the $5,000 Amateur/Young Riders Top Score for Cara Raether, 24, of New York, NY, aboard Olympus owned by her family’s Trelawny Farm, Inc. Raether topped a class of 13 entries over the ‘Gambler’s Choice’ track. Paige Johnson, 18, of The Plains, VA, riding her own Landria W placed second. Charlie Jayne, 18, of Elgin, IL, riding Champion owned by his father Alex R. Jayne was third.
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Kurten Fails In Bid For World Cup Final Place
DESPITE a determined campaign this winter, Ireland's Jessica Kurten fell short of the required points to make the World Cup Final in Milan when lowering a single pole in the last World Cup qualifying competition in Gothenburg, Sweden today (Sunday).
Irish hopes were high on Friday when Kurten and her 10 yr old mare <Quibell> took first place in the pre-qualifying competition, beating current world champion Marcus Ehning and <Anka> by just under half a second on time. But today both Kurten and Ehning came adrift, with Jessica picking up four faults in the first round, and Marcus eight, with neither therefore qualifying for the jump-off.
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Show Jumping Results CSI*** Arezzo Italy 9 - 12 April 2004
Class 17- 1m35 Mixed Competition
1) ASKOLL CARROIR DES AJONCS; Alessia MARIONI (ITA), 2) EBREZZA DEL GIGLIO; Francesco FRANCO (ITA), 3) SEA COST PODMEY; Gilbert DE ROOK (BEL), 4) ASHDALE SPIRIT; David QUIGLEY (IRL)
Class 4- Two phase 1m 35
1) Zairia; Filippo Moyersoen (ITA), 2) Romance; Harry Marshall (IRL), 3) Askoll Carroir des Ajoncs; Alessia Marioni (ITA)
Class 6- Two phase 1m45
1) Rosie van de Hermitage; Michel Robert (BEL), 2) Altea VIII; Gianluca Palmizi (ITA), 3) Splendido; Harry Marshall (IRL)
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Show Jumping Results CSI** Moorsele Belgium 9 - 11 April 2004
CSI ** Grand Prix 1.45 m, Class 11- Grand Prix-FEI 238.2.2
1) Omar; Harrie Smolders (NED), 2) Questro; Neto Alvaro Affonso de Mirand (BEL), 3) Isaac du Jonquet; Ann Carton (BEL)
CSI ** 1.40 m, Class 12-Accumulator+Joker-FEI 269.1.2.3 and 5
1) Donna 247; Denis Lynch (IRL), 2) Rapid; Vincent Lambrecht (BEL), 3) Jivaro de la Bastide; Amaury Denaeyer (BEL)
CSI ** young horses 1.30 m, Class 09- Two phase -FEI 274.5.3
1) Jan Willem; Harrie Smolders (NED), 2) Copyright; Denis Lynch (IRL), 3) C'est Coru; James Paterson-Robinson (AUS)
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News Headlines 11th April 2004


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Charlie Jayne And Champion Win $5,000 Amateur/Young Rider Speed Stake
Beezie Madden And Conquest II Win $10,000 International Jumpers Top Score
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 10, 2004 – Launching day two of the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** in the Charlotte Coliseum, Charlie Jayne, 18, of Elgin, IL, riding Champion owned by Alex Jayne won the $5,000 Amateur/Young Rider Speed Stake. Jayne topped a field of 14 horses in this speed class where every rail down added four seconds to the rider’s time and the fastest time, regardless of knockdowns, earned victory. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, riding Action for owner Gotham Enterprizes posted the fastest ride, but a fence down added four seconds to her time, edging her into second place. Kate Levy of South Salem, NY, riding her own Matheus placed third.
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Beezie Madden And Judgement Win $25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 10, 2004 – Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, NY, riding Judgement for Iron Spring Farm topped a field of 22 horses to win the $25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, the featured event of the evening show at the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. Nine horses went clean over the Round One course and qualified for the Jump-Off. Four horses produced double clear performances tonight, but Madden was the fastest by more than a second to claim victory. Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, riding Anthem for the Summit Syndicate placed second. Aaron Vale of Aiken, SC, aboard Cortino 27 for Town Creek Investments placed third.
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Katrina Woods And Susdal Win $5,000 Amateur/Young Rider Competition
Laura Kraut And Joyous Win $5,000 International Riders Competition
CHARLOTTE, NC – April 10, 2004 – Kicking off the first show today of the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, Katrina Woods, 18, of Bronxville, NY, riding her own Susdal claimed victory in the $5,000 Amateur/Young Rider Competition, topping a class of 25 horses. Steve Stephens designed the 12-effort speed course in which the fastest clear first round won. Woods was the speediest of six clear performances, clocking in fault-free in 49.33 seconds, well under the Time Allowed of 65 seconds and almost three full seconds faster than her closest competitor. Cara Cheska of Waukesha, WI, placed second riding her own Njordoctro, clocking in clean in 52.31. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, riding Action for Gotham Enterprizes placed third, breaking the beam in 53.08.Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results CSI** Moorsele Belgium 9 - 11 April 2004
CSI ** 1.40 m (2nd qualifier), Class 08- Two phase -FEI 274.5.3
1) Jamira; Andrea Heroldt (ITA), 2) Kadorijke; Wim Smet (BEL), 3) Oscar; James Paterson-Robinson (AUS) -
CSI ** 1.35 m, Class 05- Two phase -FEI 274.5.3
1) Quirio vd Heffinck; Wim Smet (BEL), 2) Marengo; Steve Lefevre (BEL), 3) Lady in Red; Armin Himmelreich (GER), 4) Avanti; Denis Lynch (IRL)
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All Four Quarterfinals To Be Played Sunday In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Pre-tournament favorites Bendabout and Catamount resume their rivalry – with a dramatic twist – Sunday at 3 p.m. in the last of the quarterfinal matches of the historic Stanford Financial Group – 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso of Argentina, generally regarded as the best player in the world, is replacing injured 10-goaler Mike Azzaro of Catamount. Azzaro, one of only two American 10-goalers, is suffering from a herniated disk and said doctors suggested he rest at least a week before playing. This will be Cambiaso’s first game at International Polo Club Palm Beach. Please click here for further details

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