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19th May 2001
Nevele Grande Hotel and Country Club Sponsors Two $100,000 Grand Prix at HITS Catskills
SAUGERTIES, NY (May 18, 2001)-Horse Shows In the Sun, Inc. (HITS), producer of six world class hunter/jumper horse show circuits nationwide, has announced that the Nevele Grande Hotel and Country Club in Ellenville, New York, will sponsor two of the six $100,000 Grand Prix events to be held at the HITS Catskills summer series of horse shows. The Nevele Grande is sponsoring a $100,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, June 3, as the highlight of the second week of the horse show, and on Sunday, August 5, the featured event of the fifth week.
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19th May 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A La Courneuve 25-27 May 2001 ; CSIP-A Courlans 25-27 May 2001 ; CSI-C Le Mans 25-27 May 2001 ; CSI-B Moorsele 25-27 May 2001 ; CSI-A Hamburg 24-27 May 2001 ; CSI-A Eindhoven 24-27 May 2001 ; CSI-C Eindhoven 24-27 May 2001 ; CSI-B Porano 1-3 June 2001 .
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19th May 2001 Show Jumping Results - CSI-A Pontedera, Italy, 18-20 May 2001
Prix Ordine Di Partenze at Pontedera CSI-A 1.35 Jump-Off
1. Scutt (SUI) Willie Melliger, 2. Padua (GER) Ralph Schneider ,3. Can Do (SUI) Paul Esterman,4. Diamond Explosion (IRL) Capt. Gerry Flynn Faults 00 Time 36.75
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18th May 2001
OLN to Broadcast $100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala, May 22
SAUGERTIES, NY (May 17, 2001)-Horse Shows In The Sun has announced that the Outdoor Life Network will broadcast the $100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance Companies Inc. on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Filmed at the Golden Hills International Show Grounds in Ocala, Florida, on March 11, 2001, the broadcast shows the unique event in which the Millar family of Perth, Ontario, placed first, second and third.
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18th May 2001
Avril Doyle Is EFI's First Woman President
At its agm in the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin today (May 17), the Equestrian Federation of Ireland returned unopposed Ms. Avril Doyle MEP, as its first ever woman President.
Ms. Doyle, who was for three years Chairperson of Eventing Ireland, and who has spent more than 40 years of her life involved in equestrian sport, succeeded Lewis Lowry, from Co. Down, who had held the position of President for five years.
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18th May 2001
Agway to Give Away One Ton of Feed at HITS Catskills
SAUGERTIES, NY (May 18, 2001)-Horse Shows In the Sun, Inc. (HITS), producer of six world class hunter/jumper horse show circuits nationwide, has announced that Agway is the "HITS Official Feed Partner" for 2001 HITS Catskills Horse Shows. Agway will participate in a variety of promotional programs for the six-week summer series, including giving away one ton of feed. "That's 40 bags," explained Shana Weiler-Bloomfield, Agway Equine Feed Specialist. "It will be divided between winners of several of the high-profile classes at the show."
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18th May 2001 The EFI AGM
Lewis Lowry has served as President for a total term of five years. He was re-elected once after the normal term of two years, and then, at the request of the EFI members, remained as President for a further year to oversee the conclusion of preparations for the Strategic Plan for Equestrianism in Ireland.
Voting for a new President will take place at the agm.
Please find below text of speech to be made by Lewis Lowry, outgoing President of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, at the agm of the EFI held at the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin, on May 17, 2001
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18th May 2001 (1) Premio Presidente della Repubblica,
Gr.1, 4 years old and up, metres 2000, wide track
Rome - Capannelle, May, 13, 2001; males Kg. 58, females Kg 561/2 ; good to firm 1st PAOLINI, 2nd KUTUB, 3rd MON ALEXANDRINO
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17th May 2001
APHA blazes new trails at Philmont Scout Ranch in first of three recreational rides slated this year
FORT WORTH-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) took trail riders to new heights recently with three separate journeys on horseback through the thick pine forests of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. Fifty-one people from eight states participated in the ride, which took place April 30-May 4 at the sprawling Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, located four miles south of Cimarron, New Mexico.
The recreational riding enthusiasts ventured into rugged territory that has remained relatively untouched since legendary frontiersmen like Kit Carson carved out some of the trails in the mid-1800s. A century later, philanthropist Waite Phillips was responsible for preserving the beauty of the area when he donated more than 127,000 acres of unsettled territory to the Boy Scouts of America.
APHA members had the unique opportunity to ride through the magnificent countryside and up the mountains on horseback. Those journeys have traditionally been reserved only for the Boy Scouts.
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17th May 2001
Successful Joint ILPH/Police Prosecution

William Chandler 47, of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, was convicted today at Staines Magistrates Court for causing unnecessary suffering to a chestnut stallion in his possession.
Chandler was disqualified from keeping horses for 3 years and ordered to pay £329 costs. A court order was made for the surrender of the stallion and his gifting to the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses).
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17th May 2001
AHSA Announces Membership Response To NGB Issue
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) announced today that it is has received hundreds of responses from its membership regarding the National Governing Body status for equestrian sport as a result of an email circulated to its membership on April 23, 2001.
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17th May 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
Interim information - full list with horses to follow
Riders selected to represent Ireland at the following events are:
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16th May 2001
The Solution to an Itchy Problem
With over 40 neglected horses and ponies coming into the Norfolk Centre of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) in one go the staff there have had an itchy problem on their hands.
Says Alistair Holder, Sales Manager of Day Son & Hewitt, "This year we have seen a huge problem with lice infestation in horses, so when we heard that the ILPH Recovery & Rehabilitation Centre in Norfolk had taken in so many neglect cases, all covered in lice, we knew that we could help.
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16th May 2001
AHSA Announces Rule Change Deadlines
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) today issued the following reminder regarding deadlines for rule changes according to Article 342 of the AHSA rules. Standard or normal rule change proposals submitted by the general membership of the AHSA must be received by June 1, 2001. Article 342 reads, in part, as follows:
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16th May 2001
AHSA 2001 Pony Finals To Be Held In North Carolina
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) will hold the 34th Annual Pony Finals in Fletcher, NC, from August 14-17, 2001. John and Pam Rush of Rush Management Inc. will manage the competition, which includes the annual Pony Auction on August 13th, run by Professional Auction Services.
The competition begins with the Prudential/AHSA National Pony Hunter Championship in the Green Pony Hunter Division on August 14th, which was won last year by Michael Morrissey on Clean Slate, owned by Eugene Mische. This is followed by the Inaugural HBO/AHSA National Pony Jumper Championship with The Welcome Class scheduled to start that evening.
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16th May 2001 Department simplifies rules for the Importation of Horses from the UK
Please note the contents of the Press Release (below) issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development on May 14
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development has reviewed its arrangements for the importation of horses from the UK after a week of operating the existing measures. The procedure has now been simplified by the dropping of the requirement for an import licence.
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16th May 2001 Leg It In London For Farmers
The NFU is challenging thousands of rural residents to put on their running shoes and come to London to join international bare-foot star Zola Budd-Pieterse on a fun run past some of the city's top tourist attractions to raise money for farmers suffering in the foot and mouth crisis.
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16th May 2001 Ben Gill Telling World Farmers' Leaders Of British FMD Plight
NFU President Ben Gill is hitting home the dire problems caused to British farmers by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease to farmers' leaders from across the world at a conference in Australia.
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15th May 2001
Equestrian Education: Where it All Begins
The dream of getting paid for doing something they love is what attracts young people to the horse business. And what better way to start that career than with a solid education in equestrian studies. Education is, after all, concentrated experience, and two years in a good horsemanship program can be more valuable than 10 years out there trying to figure it out by yourself.
The increasing number of horsemanship programs, whether college affiliated or not, makes choosing a school baffling. Let me offer this starting place: the single most important factor for the serious horseman to consider in comparing programs is total number of hours spent on horseback. This may sound obvious, but it's not. More than a few schools offer curricula of horse-related activities, but only two or three hours per week on horseback. But horsemanship is a sport requiring unique physical and mental skills, and there's only one way to develop those skills: on the back of a horse. A good school will pair students up with a variety of different horses over the duration of study; and to maximize individual attention, will maintain a teacher/student ratio, in riding class, of around 1/6 (one teacher for every six students). The outside limit for riding class size in my opinion is seven students. So while several prestigious universities are entering the equestrian field, the programs that can give you the most saleable skills are the ones that keep you in the saddle the longest.
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15th May 2001 All Systems Go For The Festival Of The Horse 2001
Including The International Horse Trials

Highclere Castle, 25-27 August 2001
The Festival of the Horse 2001 and International Horse Trials at Highclere Castle, near Newbury, Berkshire WILL GO AHEAD this year in its usual slot – the August Bank Holiday weekend – once again under the leadership of Director, Janet Benney.
Now in its third year, The Festival of The Horse 2001 will run from Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August incorporating:
- Saturday 25/Sunday 26 August: Affiliated Show Jumping and Carriage Driving (with the Marathon section on the Sunday)
- Sunday 26/Monday 27 August - advanced intermediate and intermediate Horse Trials
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15th May 2001 Interbranch Pony Club Netball Tournament
Sunday 20th May at 10am, Rainham School For Girls
Rainham, Gillingham,Kent.
East Kent, Ashford Valley, West Kent, Meopham and Tickham Pony Club's are all involved.
It should be a good day!
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14th May 2001 FEI Officials Discuss Worldwide Development of the Equestrian Sports
Interviews with Michael Stone and Leopoldo Palacios now available on-line
Development of the equestrian sports in all regions of the world was an important focus of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) General Assembly, held 24 – 27 April, 2001 in San Francisco, CA (USA).
In exclusive interviews with SportsQuest International, FEI Assistant Secretary General Michael Stone (IRL) and Olympic Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) have discussed the scope and impact of FEI sponsored development programs. Video excerpts from these conversations are now
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14th May 2001 Migliarino Pisano (Ita) - CSI C - 11/13 May 2001
CSI Migliarino Pisano Italy, May 11, 2001
1m20 - Table A Against the Clock
CSI Migliarino Pisano Italy, May 12, 2001
Migliarino Pisano Grand Prix May 13
Treffen Schneeweisshof (Aut) - CSI B - 11/13 May 2001
CSI B Treffen Schneeweisshof. Austria, May 11, 2001
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13th May 2001 "Good Horsemanship is Built on Solid Basics...So is Good Business!"
Building A Marketing Plan
Marketing plans, business plans - Understanding the difference between these two "animals" sets the stage for the effective use of both. As a horse business owner or manager, you are the most important resource your business has. Your focus is broad-range. This means that you have long-range goals, and short term objectives to reach those goals. You have so many irons in the fire, you often aren't sure which one you should be tending. Preparing a business plan helps you to structure and prioritize your business. It provides you with general guidelines for operation. A marketing plan thenbecomes your "implementation plan".
Many businesses have no formal business or marketing plan. Reasons frequently given for not having these plans are that the owner/manager is too busy coping with daily survival, that the market changes too quickly, and that they are only paper and are too hard to implement. It is smart to avoid a plan that is just paperwork. It is also true that in a very small organization, the business purpose (mission) may be so narrow that a detailed plan is excessive. For example, a freelance riding instructor could put together a plan that only requires eight hours of thought, research and writing. An entrepreneur opening a boarding stable may spend an entire week or more doing research and constructing a plan that is 20-30 pages in length. Many new organizations, however, find a plan valuable because they lack history and their options are so wide. A plan aids in choosing wisely between alternatives. Do you want to offer boarding and instruction, or just one or the other? Will you be the only instructor/trainer on the premises,or will boarders bring in their own?
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courtesy of Lisa Derby Oden, Blue Ribbon Consulting
13th May 2001
Training Mythunderstandings - Learning from Horses: Mama
Everything I've learned about communicating with horses I've learned from horses. Sometimes it took awhile for the lessons they were teaching me to sink in. But the wisdom they shared with me gradually accumulated and became the system we now teach at Meredith Manor. Particular horses stand out in my memory.
One was an old style, liver chestnut Quarter mare with those bulgy muscles and little feet who was already doing a lot of things before we bought her to show. She had high withers, the kind that are good for holding a saddle when you're roping or cutting. She had a rather plain, coarse head that might have been ugly except that she had a real soft eye that made you forgive the rest. Her registered name was WMD Aloha and the guy we bought her from called her Mother. That got shortened to Mama and Mama she was for the rest of her life.
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13th May 2001 CSI-C Migliarino Pisano 11-13 May 2001
CSI Migliarino Pisano Italy, May 12, 2001
1.35m Jump-Off
1. Argentina ( James Peters) Belgium 00 44.39
2. Diamond Explosion ( Capt. Gerry Flynn ) Irl 00 45.43
3. Petropolis ( Joris Meulmans) Belgium 00 45.82
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12th May 2001
Equitana Asia Pacific - News Update
MAY 2001
* Pat Parelli returns to Equitana - CLINIC TICKETS RELEASED
* Exhibition Space Selling Fast
* Equitana's Stallion Showcase
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12th May 2001 Import Of Horses From The United Kingdom
The following statement was issued to the EFI by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development today.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development has made arrangements to allow horses to be imported from the United Kingdom under licence, and subject to strict protocols which were agreed with the Irish Horseracing Authority and with the Turf Club on Friday, 4th May, 2001. For the present the protocols limit the points of entry to the State to Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports and to approved Border Crossings.
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