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7th June 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI Eventing World Cup News
The tenth qualifier of the FEI Eventing World Cup will be held at Werribee Park (AUS) from 7 to 9 June in the framework of the 46th Horseland Melbourne International Three Day Event, Australia's oldest Three Day Event. The competition begins with the Dressage Test on Saturday 7 June and concludes with the Jumping final on Monday 9 June. This is the first qualifier held in the southern hemisphere and one of two (Warwick QLD being the second) Australian World Cup legs.

The Eventing World Cup is organised as a three-star level CIC (One Day Event, i.e. Cross Country test without Phases B (steeplechase) and C (roads and tracks) qualifiers and a three-star level Final. It is the culmination of a long-held ambition by the FEI to establish a series of linked CICs to promote the Eventing discipline across the world. As the International One Day format has been adopted for both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the series has an added relevance. The Melbourne competition will give the Australian competitors and selectors a chance to see what the needs for the future are if Australian eventers, four-time team Olympic champions in Rome 1960, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, are to retain the gold.
Michael Creber, one of Australia's most renowned International Course Designers, famous for designing Adelaide as the only four-star CCI to run in the centre of a city, has significantly reworked the track at Melbourne. The new track is much more compact with many fences placed closely together and goes through a new route including the beautiful lake complex located in the Mansion Gardens - truly a spectators dream. By special permission from the FEI, the CIC-W Cross Country test will be run over the same course as the CCI***, which makes it longer than usual at 5,130 m.
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7th June 2003

BEF Submission On Passports To DEFRA Recommends Changes In Interests Of Welfare And Utility
The BEF Equine Passport, Disease Surveillance and Breeding Implementation Planning Team submission to DEFRA in response to the invitation to comment on the draft Statutory Instrument 2003 - The Horse Passport (England) Order 2003 and other documents, will be sent to the Minister today (6 June).

The Team has consulted widely with representatives of the industry and has aimed to work in the best interests of horse owners, given that the legislation is to be implemented. The submission contains recommendations that will seek to keep implementation within the spirit of the Commission Directive, whilst also working in the best interests of welfare and utility.
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7th June 2003

Trailblazer Entries For 2003 Are "Staggering"
Decision taken to extend 2004 championship to four days
Nearly 58,000 riders have taken part in first round qualifying competitions for the PSOA/South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazers national championship.
The series is run by the Permanent Show Organisers Association (PSOA), and 43 of its member centres around the country have been running qualifying competitions in showjumping and dressage. The series is aimed at an estimated 200,000 unaffiliated competitors.
PSOA spokesman Norman Bargh said that more than 1,950 riders were expected to qualify for the national final, which will be held on August 1-3 at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh.
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7th June 2003
I Love New York Horse Show Goes to the Dogs
Lake Placid, NY—June 6, 2003—During the “dog-days” of summer, canines will take center stage at the I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid, NY, when the 11th annual Doggie Costume Contest, a Lake Placid favorite, returns on Saturday, July 5, 2003 at noon. All people with leashed dogs in costume will be admitted to the horse show at no charge.
Contestants will strut their stuff in a special ring set up near the horse show’s Grand Prix ring at the North Elba Showgrounds. There will be no entry fee, and all entrants will receive treats. The contest co-sponsors, Lonesome Landing Garden Center and the Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, will present awards to the “top dogs.”
In addition to the exciting Doggie Costume Contest, Lake Placid will once again host outstanding equestrian competition in the heart of the Adirondacks when the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return, June 25 — July 6. Action takes place each Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 am — 5:00 pm, at the North Elba Showgrounds located on Route 73 across from the ski jumps.
Dressed as Yankee Doodle Doggie, last year’s Doggie Costume Contest winner was Lulu, a sixteen-year-old, deaf, beagle mix, owned by Laura Antonelli of Bloomingdale, NY. When Antonelli found Lulu as a stray roaming the streets of Shreveport, LA, years ago, she took her home. Lulu lived with the Antonelli family for more than 14 years.
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7th June 2003
Capistrano Summer Festival, Featuring the Oaks Blenheim International, To Host Exciting World-Class Equestrian Show Jumping Competition
San Juan Capistrano, CA—June 6, 2003—Tickets are now available for the Capistrano Summer Festival, featuring the Oaks Blenheim International CSI****, July 17-20, at Oaks Blenheim Exhibitions, in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Complimentary General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available for a limited time only on the Capistrano Summer Festival’s website at www.capistranofestival.com. Tickets are also available for purchase on the website for the Festival’s Friday night concert.
The Oaks Blenheim International CSI**** features some of the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. It is highlighted by the $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States presented by HBO. In addition to exciting Grand Prix equestrian show jumping, the Capistrano Summer Festival also features a concert, presented by the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, hosted by Brad Garrett, “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond , on CBS-TV. The concert features the legendary 1960s pop group, Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, and Chuck Negrone formerly of Three Dog Night.
The Capistrano Summer Festival will host Kids Days on Saturday and Sunday with Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona appearing on Saturday.
The Oaks Blenheim International starts on Thursday, July 17, with the $10,000 Hermes International Speed Class, an exciting equestrian jumping round based on the horse’s speed and ability to jump imposing obstacles. It will be followed by the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Winery International Welcome Class.
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7th June 2003

Vaulting Demonstrations to Highlight Activities at Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—June 5, 2003— The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will once again feature vaulting demonstrations at the 2003 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, June 19 – 22 at the USET Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
Youth members of the American Vaulting Association (AVA)’s Friendship Vaulting Team will conduct daily demonstrations of vaulting, the newest USET discipline that features gymnastics performed on a cantering horse.

The AVA Friendship Team is a specially selected group of high-level vaulters from vaulting clubs and teams across the country. Formed in 1995 to represent the sport of vaulting at sporting events of all kinds all over the country, they come together to perform, often on unfamiliar horses. In 2002, the AVA Friendship Team delighted the crowd at the Festival with their “vault-on” running mounts, handstands, and pyramid formations.
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7th June 2003
Assistance Needed With "Centennial Of Champions" Video
In commemoration of 100 years of Kentucky State Fair Horse Shows, USA Equestrian and the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show are collaborating on a “Centennial of Champions” video presentation to be aired during this year’s World’s Championship Horse Show.
Photos, videos, and other memorabilia from the show are needed to produce this video. To help identify the materials, the name of the horse, rider and owner, and the year, if possible, should be included. The person submitting the item(s) is required to provide their own address and a contact number. Those with items to share can send them to USA Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511, attn: Karen Fish. All items will be scanned immediately and returned to you.
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7th June 2003
National Disability Sports Alliance Announces Riders for NDSA Championship at Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—June 5, 2003— The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) has announced the list of riders who have accepted invitations to participate in the NDSA Championship for Riders with Disabilities at the Bayer/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, June 19-22 at the USET Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
This year, the Championship will serve as the final selection trial for the USA Disabled Equestrian Team that will compete at the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships being held in Moorseles, Belgium in September.
The NDSA Championship, presented by the National Horse Sports Foundation and sponsored by Turner Construction Company, brings together this country’s top riders with physical disabilities, including several members of the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Team.
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7th June 2003

Qualified Riders Named for USET Intermediaire I Championship/Pan American Games Dressage Selection Trials at Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—June 5, 2003— The 2003 Bayer/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack, will host the Pan American Games dressage selection trials, June 19-22 at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
The USET Intermediaire I Championship at the Festival will serve as the selection trials to choose the rider/horse combinations who will represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 7-10.

To qualify for the selection trials, rider/horse combinations had to compete in a series of qualifying events held throughout the country from September, 2002 – June 1, 2003. Rider/horse combinations had to compete in the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire I in a minimum of two USET Qualifying Competitions. At least one of those competitions had to be a CDI (Concours Dressage Internationale). In addition, combinations had to complete one Intermediaire I Freestyle at a qualifier.
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7th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Bourg En Bresse France 6-8 June 2003
Competition No 3 PRIX CAROSSERIE DONGUY, Table A Against The Clock 1m45
2) GABELOU DES ORES; Stephanie LaFouge (FRA)
3) DESTER DE LA LANDE; Bernard Sainsardos (FRA)
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6th June 2003
Tickets For Newmarket Nights Selling Like Hot Cakes!
Ticket sales for Newmarket Nights are up 350% on figures recorded for this time last year – over 36,000 have already been sold to eager customers, and the number of people ordering tickets each day is rising rapidly. Corporate entertainment packages are being snapped up and the number of family bookings has soared in comparison to previous years.
Increased sales can, in part, be attributed to this year’s fantastic line-up of top quality bands. For the first time, Newmarket will be entertained by Atomic Kitten and Liberty X - as well as bringing back the ever-popular Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and the legendary Status Quo
Sales have also been lifted by the new dedicated booking line, 08701 800 801, and new website, www.newmarketnights.co.uk.
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6th June 2003
Hi Fibre cubes show the way
A versatile cube that can replace forage or grass, weight for weight, provide slow release stamina energy, is low in starch, offers good levels of minerals and vitamins, and is highly palatable - that's Hickstead Horse Feeds' brand new Hi Fibre Cubes.
"These cubes are the best way to feed your horse everything he needs," says Christine Smy MSc, consultant with the feed company. "The fibre content is 19 per cent, making it an ideal feed for horses and ponies in light work, or those needing a maintenance ration."
Hi Fibre cubes are also an ideal way to provide a balanced diet for horses or ponies out at grass, likely to put on weight, and therefore top candidates for suffering from laminitis, a condition often triggered by diets high in soluble carbohydrates, such as mixes filled with cereal starch.
"High starch feeds provide instant energy and can send the horse 'over the top'," says Christine. "This can be off-putting for novice riders who have been over-horsed. These Hi Fibre Cubes offer a lower calorie feed that will produce a slow release, stamina energy."
"They can also be fed as a total feed, replacing forage weight for weight, and the inclusion of high digestible fibre, in the form of soya hulls and sugar beet pulp, provides slow release stamina energy."
And the company has a special tip for the older horse, especially those suffering from bad teeth or digestive problems… soak the Hi Fibre Cubes with warm water, or soaked sugar beet pulp, for about 20 minutes, and you have a palatable mash that's easily digested and absorbed.
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6th June 2003

Tackling Illness, Surgery and Pain with Hypnotist Laura Boynton King
Wellington, Florida – June 5, 2003 -- In addition to the attendant physical discomforts and pain of illness and/or surgery, the psychological effects can often be overwhelming: stress, anxiety, fear, loss of sleep and depression are commonplace. During such trying times, it is difficult to think clearly and positively –- to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”, so to speak; to remain mentally strong and confident; and to give the body the rest it needs to assist in the healing process. These psychological factors may then contribute to a further deterioration of the physical state.
How does one stop this vicious cycle?
Cutting-edge hypnotist Laura Boynton King has studied this phenomenon for many years and dedicated her life to alleviating these detrimental, psychological roadblocks to physical well-being. Her proven “wellness” techniques have been developed through her own personal experience in dealing with her own illnesses, through specific educational training and certifications, and through the successful treatment of her own clients.
The keys to Laura’s approach are relaxation and positive visualization, achieved through hypnosis. Many physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and health professionals have also integrated hypnosis into their practices as a coping mechanism in dealing with illness.
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6th June 2003
King's Troop Protected by Armadillo
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery now use Armadillo's i2 Tendon Boots. These tough yet flexible boots are being used on all their horses for Galloping Salutes in Hyde Park, and Musical Drives at many shows throughout the summer.
Having rigorously tested many different tendon boots The Kings Troop RHA finally chose Armadillo.
'When choosing a tendon boot for our horses, we where looking for a very tough product that will give us value for money but also lessen the risk of tendon injuries to our horses.'
The i2 Tendon boot has a tough yet flexible outer layer that is almost completely cut- proof, reducing the risk of tendon injury from a high overreach.
Any strike on the boot will not be able to cut through the tough outer layer, the force of the blow will be absorbed by the textured inner layer, which is tested to absorb 99% of the force of any impact on the boot.
This unique deep-textured inner layer allows air to circulate and ensures that any dirt falls into the gaps thus preventing a rub. The Kings Troop found the Tendon Boots, 'Particularly useful when used on surfaces that through up grit which is the case on the training surface at Wormword Scrubs'
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6th June 2003
Short List Announced For Dressage World Breeding Championships
Three USAE Selection Trials for the 2003 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage were conducted in May and June in Cincinnati, OH, Raleigh, NC, and Pasadena, CA.
Horses which competed in the Finals class of these Selection Trials in their respective age division, and earned a score of 7.5 or better, are qualified for the Young Horse Short List for the World Breeding Championships.
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6th June 2003

Irish Participation In International Equestrian EventsCSI*** CANNES FRANCE 12-15 JUNE 2002, CSIO**** POZNAN POLAND 12-15 JUNE 2003, CSIO**** HAMINA FINLAND 13-15 JUNE 2003, CSIO J/YR LIMIDO COMASCO ITALY 13-15 JUNE 2003, CCI***/CIC** LUHMUHLEN GERMANY 12-15 JUNE 2003, CSIO***** AACHEN GERMANY 17-22 JUNE 2003, CDI*** BRNO CZECH REPUBLIC 20-22 JUNE 2003, CSI** SAN REMO ITALY 13-15 JULY 2003
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6th June 2003
Change In Qualifying Dates For USAE Pony Jumper National Championships
The qualifying dates for the 2003 Horsecity.com/USAE Pony Jumper National Championships have changed. The new qualifying dates for the 2003 Championship are June 2, 2002 to July 1, 2003.
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5th June 2003
Frankie's Appeal For Retired Racehorses
BRITAIN'S favourite jockey Frankie Dettori today appealed to the public to help retired racehorses.
The team captain on BBC TV's Question Of Sport, who will bid to win his first ever Derby this weekend (7 JUNE) at Epsom, said: "We need to do everything we can to ensure these great horses are not neglected when they finish racing.
"In the wrong hands, ex-racehorses can be dangerous but, after proper rehabilitation and retraining, in the right hands they can be a joy to ride."
The original organisation that pioneered the welfare of ex-racehorses is the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre in Lancashire. An open day is being held on Sunday 22 June to show people how horses that no longer race are re-trained before going to new homes.
The Centre costs £260,000 a year to run, most of which comes from its own fund raising efforts.
rankie said: "The work done at the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre is fantastic, and the re-training techniques and riding displays at its open days are fascinating to see. Everyone with an interest in horses should go along on 22 June."
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5th June 2003

ILPH Supports Ragwort Research Funds Appeal
The ILPH has donated £8,000 of funding towards an 'early warning' blood test for horses that may be ingesting the poisonous weed, ragwort.
Dr Derek Knottenbelt and his team at Liverpool University's Equine Science Division have, over the past 5 years, been developing a simple blood test to detect the presence of ragwort toxins in a horse's blood, but it looked that his work may falter due to lack of funds.

Says ILPH Chief Executive John Smales, "We could not let all the good work that Derek and his team have done over the last five years go to waste because of lack of funds to finish their project. Anything that can be done to stop horses dying unnecessarily from ragwort poisoning is to be applauded."
Comments Derek Knottenbelt, "The ILPH funding has been an absolute lifesaver to be honest, no question about it. It has given impetus to the whole project and encouraged me to drive forward again. I am now optimistic that we will achieve our objective within the timescale."
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5th June 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
4 June 2003
The gap between Beerbaum (No 1) and runner-up Fuchs is getting smaller There are now 285 points (last month 625) between the leader of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and his runner-up Markus Fuchs (SUI).
Ulla Salzgeber leads the FEI BCM World Dressage Rankings with a score of 80.386. She is followedf by naide Capellmann (GER) with an unchanged score of 78.814 and Lisa Wilcox (USA) with 78.395.

Ireland wins St Gallen Super League after a thrilling jumping-off France still leads the standings
The Selection Trials for the Jumping Competition of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens will be held from 12 to 15 June 2003 in Aachen. Sixteen Nations are on the list of the nominated entries.
The Development Working Group established by the FEI Strategic Planning Committee held its first meeting on the 26th May in Düsseldorf (GER). WORLD CUP JUMPING: NEWS FROM THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN LEAGUE
CDIO** JOZEFIN ( by Wojciech Markowski), CDI*** - W MINSK (by Isabel Wessel), CDI***- W LIPICA (by Wojciech Markowski)
Three of the 7 competitions part of the FEI North American Driving Challenge, supported by Freedman's Harness and Driving Essentials were held.
Bettina Hoy (GER), riding the 11-year old gelding Woodsides Ashby, won the ninth leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup held at the Rodderberg Park Derby (GER) from 22 to 24 May. She performed the qualifier's best Dressage test and cleared the 40 jumping efforts Cross Country course with no penalties. The pair's final score was 38.20 points.
By Adam Fawcett in Australia
Kadi Eykamp has beaten her more fancied rivals to walk away the surprise winner of this years CCI*** Sydney International Three Day Event after having the only clear showjumping round to take out the event on 67.80 points, just 2.8 ahead of Catherine Davies and Queen's Ransom.
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5th June 2003
Profile: Leigh Healey
Champion Junior Rider Sets Sights On Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix
Lumberton, NJ – June 3, 2003 – Growing up on her family’s Gleneayre Farm in Lumberton, NJ, 17-year-old nationally ranked junior equestrian Leigh Healey has always loved horses. The youngest of seven children, Healey was placed in the saddle in front of her parents at the age of three and by age eight was riding under the tutelage of trainer Marie Asper.
Healey’s first experiences in the horse show arena were through the Burlington County 4-H, where she won several divisions at the 4-H State Champion Horse Show. Training under Frank Hernandez, Healey then went on to successful competitions in USA Equestrian rated horse shows.
At the age of 12, Healey began training with renowned trainers Frank and Stacia Madden, managers of the Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, NJ. Under the Maddens’ training, Healey now competes in the national circuit and in 2001 became the Children’s Jumper Circuit Champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, FL, and placed first and third on her two mounts at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, DC
In 2002, Healey won the Junior Jumper Circuit Championship at the Winter Equestrian Festival, winning five of the nine $10,000 Classics in the challenging division. She went on to win both the $2,500 Low and $5,000 High Junior Jumper Classics and championships at the Garden State Horse Show in Augusta, NJ. Healey and her horse Laurin are currently in first place in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series standings for 2003.
Despite her enormous success as an equestrian, riding horses is about much more than winning for Healey and her family. “It is great when you win, but there are a lot of life lessons that are learned when you don’t win,” says Ellen Healey, Leigh’s mother. “Horseback riding and competition have been a positive force in my daughter’s life.”
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5th June 2003
Write these dates in your diary now!
19 - 23 November 2003
Proudly presented by Emirates
The largest and most exciting equine event in the Southern Hemisphere returns to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, bigger and better than ever before!
EDUCATION: With the best ever line-up of international and Australian guests, EQUITANA Asia Pacific continues to set the highest standards. This year there will be hundreds of presentations and demonstrations from the world's leading equine specialists, including: Martina Hannöver, Pat and Linda Parelli, David and Karen O'Connor and many, many more.
COMPETITION: A showcase of Australia’s premier equestrian and western sports, featuring Australian and international riders, and including never before staged indoor events. The impressive program includes: Cutting Series Grand Final, Reining, Indoor Polo Skins Tournament, Indoor Cross Country, World Cup Dressage & World Cup Showjumping.
EXHIBITION: A shoppers paradise! The largest gathering of equine exhibitors in the Asia Pacific region. Whatever is required for the horse, home or stable, with over 200 exhibitors from Australia and around the World - under one roof!
EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Four nights of spectacular entertainment!
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5th June 2003
July Meeting Set To Be Bigger And Better Than Ever!
Newmarket Racecourses is the venue for a fantastic summer of entertainment. The July Meeting is set to be the biggest and best yet - combining the head-turning hats of Ladies Day with world-class racing and the National Stud July Fair.
Ladies Day at Newmarket Racecourses can boast an amazing visitor list – including Royalty, Hollywood actors and actresses, TV presenters and Pop Stars. This year will be no different. A top celebrity will tour the crowds, picking out beautifully turned-out ladies to compete for the coveted title of ‘Best Dressed Lady’. A panel of judges will then decide which of the finalists should receive a host of fabulous prizes.

If that wasn’t enough, The National Stud July Fair has a packed programme of high quality equestrian and country lifestyle entertainment running throughout the daytime until 9pm, over the course of the July Meeting. The central arena will host charity polo matches, the Household Cavalry’s Musical Ride, working displays by Suffolk Punches, as well as incredible ‘horsepower’ challenges. These are just a taste of the many attractions lined up for this year’s visitors. For a comprehensive list of the attractions, visit www.nationalstudfair.co.uk
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5th June 2003
British Riding Clubs' Festival of the Hunter
Sponsored by Kbis Equine Insurance
British Riding Clubs (BRC) received a record number of entries for their Festival of the Hunter championships which took place at Grange Farm, Wittering near Peterborough last weekend (1 June). A staggering 520 competitors took part in this one-day festival of the horse, comprising open and novice hunter classes for both junior and senior BRC members and showing classes for cobs to novice hunters. Liz Prest, Financial Director of sponsors Kbis Equine Insurance, was delighted with the sheer volume of entries.
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5th June 2003

Kappler and Hough Named USET Co-Athletes of the Month for May
Gladstone, NJ—June 4, 2003—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, and Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, have been named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Co-Athletes of the Month for May. Kappler and Hough were subjectively chosen for two of the four positions on the show jumping team that will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. This marks the first time since 1990 that any places on a U.S. show jumping team competing at a continental or world championship or Olympic Games will be held by riders chosen subjectively.
The Pan American Games selection process, developed initially by the Active Riders Committee and approved by the Executive Committees of both the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian (USAE), allowed “Selectors to nominate one or two horse-and-rider combinations to the team before the conclusion of the trials.”
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5th June 2003

USET Announces Vaulting High Performance Program
Gladstone, NJ—June 4, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) is proud to announce a Vaulting High Performance Plan that will provide Gold and Silver Medal vaulting athletes with the opportunity to participate in a series of vaulting training camps and to receive financial grants. The Vaulting High Performance Program also calls for the issuing of grants to support vaulting competitions.

The first training camp will be held at John R. Keily Equestrian Center in Woodside, CA, from July 3-6. The training camps, open only to Gold and Silver Medal vaulters, will maximize performance through specific instruction on vaulting technique. These training sessions will also include instruction by such leaders of the sport as Jeff Moore, Adrienne Stang, and others on dance, nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention, biomechanics, and strength and stretch issues.
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4th June 2003
WNV in Mares and Foals-When to Vaccinate?
As we begin our fifth year in dealing with the dreaded WNV, over 14,000 cases in the United STates as of 2002 have been reported. The question was raised about a link between the WNV and abortions in equines.A retrospective study by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and Diagnostic Center, from July of 2002 through early 2003, looked at 400 equine abortions for evidence of WNV. Their findings were suprising. Of the 400 horses examined, 35 had evidence of WNV. Although this is only approximately 8 percent, it does require more research to see if there is a connection between the WNV and aborted fetuses. At this time there is no evidence that the WNV caused the abortions; only that there was evidence of the virus in the aborted fetuses. Further testing and research is ongoing to determine the relationship between WNV and abortion.
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4th June 2003
Horses Through History Feature In Top Summer Festival
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, 9-10 August
Horses and riding from Roman times to World War I feature in a new action-packed two-day history event this summer from English Heritage.
Festival of History, a superb celebration of the rich variety of England's social and military history is being held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 9 - 10 August, from 9.30am - 6pm. Horses play a starring role - from carrying Roundheads and Cavaliers into conflict in a thrilling English Civil War battle, to being put through their paces in a Roman horse race as the finale to a gladiatorial spectacular.
One of the equestrian highlights, performed twice each day, is a Victorian Skill at Arms Ride by the Household Cavalry. Resplendent in the dashing blue and red uniforms of the Lifeguards and Blues & Royals regiments, cavalrymen will display breathtaking mounted skills-at-arms with carbine, lance and sword, including tent pegging at a gallop.
Horses will also play a major part in the action as a cast of around 700 Royalists and Roundheads clash in a re-play of the famous Battle of Edgehill which took place near Stoneleigh Park in 1642. Horses will also feature in a recreation of a Napoleonic battle.
Riding without stirrups was the norm in Roman times and as the climax to a display of military techniques by legionaries for the Imperial Roman Army and hand-to-hand combat by gladiators, skilful riders will show off their prowess in the saddle and compete in a Roman horse race.
From the 15th century, brave horses brightly dressed in bold livery colours will come face to face as dashing knights armed with lances try to outdo their adversaries in authentic medieval jousts.
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4th June 2003
Ticket Sales For Northumberland Plate Festival Racing Ahead
Racegoers Logging On To The Internet In Big Numbers To Book Their Places
THE two-day John Smith's Northumberland Plate Festival is set for a record attendance . . . and there's still almost a month to go until Newcastle Racecourse's biggest meeting of the year.
Forty thousand people are expected at Gosforth Park within the space of 24 hours between the evening of Friday 27 June and the following afternoon which features the race popularly known as the "Pitmen's Derby".
The racecourse's General Manager David Williamson today advised racegoers that the 7,000-capacity Premier Enclosure will be sold out in advance for Saturday 28 June.
He said: "It's very much a case of book now to avoid disappointment. Last year there were a few tickets remaining for the Premier Enclosure on the day. That just won't be the case this year because advance sales are already weeks ahead of those in previous years."
The sales boom has been partly driven by racegoers going online in increasing numbers to buy their advance tickets. Bookings made through the racecourse's web site www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk account for 10% of all purchases this year.
The John Smith's Northumberland Plate is run on a day when the eyes of the racing world focus on Newcastle.
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4th June 2003
U.S. Eventing Announces Eventing Grooms Award
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) announced today that it is presenting a new award for Eventing Groom of the Year. Chris Stafford and the British company, Carr, Day & Martin whose products are available through John Nunn at Bit of Britain, are jointly sponsoring the Award.
“U.S. Eventing is delighted that the grooms, who are such a vital part of the sport, are being recognized for all their hard work behind the scenes. Their contribution is equally important to the competitor’s success and the welfare of the horse. U.S. Eventing would like to thank Chris Stafford and Carr Day and Martin for making this award possible,” said Jo Whitehouse USEA Executive Director.
Grooms must be nominated by employers, owners or riders and will be judged on best turned out at the following competitions around the country: Fairhill International, October 23-26, 2003 and Galway Downs, October 31- November 2, 2003.
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4th June 2003
Samsung Nations Cup Superleague Success for Irish Team
The St. Gallen, Switzerland CSIO 5*, from May 29th to June 1st, saw Irelands Nations Cup team win Sundays 200,000 CHF Samsung Nations Cup Superleague class. Following on from last weeks Nations Cup second placing in Rome, Carling King (ISH) and Kevin Babington (IRL) were also on this winning Irish team at St. Gallen. Fellow team members were Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) and Robert Splaine (IRL), Waterford Crystal and Cian O’Connor (IRL) and Luidam ridden by Billy Twomey (IRL).
Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) and Robert Splaine (IRL) also jumped clear in Fridays St Gallen Generali Grand Prix to win the class with Carling King (ISH) and Kevin Babington (IRL) in sixth place and Abbervail Dream (ISH) and Di Lampard (GBR) taking tenth.
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4th June 2003

600 Horsepower Races To Worcester
(SAUGERTIES, NY) - Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) -- a nationwide event management company producing the largest group of hunter/jumper horse shows under single supervision in the USA -- has saddled up with Worcester's Centrum Centre to host the inaugural Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals Horse Show slated for September 17 - 21, 2003.
Headquartered in Saugerties, NY, HITS created the Marshall & Sterling Children's and Adult League for amateur show jumping riders in 1991. In 2002 it was renamed the New Marshall & Sterling League when it was expanded to involve professional, amateur and junior riders in a multitude of equestrian show jumping areas. More than 3,500 riders will compete in the League throughout the 2002-2003 season at over 450 horse shows across the country (more than 40 in MA alone).
Riders from as far away as Canada, Ireland and Columbia will vie for a coveted spot at the new Indoor Finals in Worcester. Only 600 horse and rider combinations will be accepted and a national points system will determine the final qualifiers. In August we typically see the temperatures soar, and the competition will also heat up as riders chase points in the final weeks of the qualifying season. Those who qualify will be counted amongst the best riders in the country. Those lucky qualifiers will converge on Worcester's Centrum Centre for an extravaganza of horses, horsemanship and thrilling show jumping competition.
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4th June 2003

CSI-O St Gallen

Grand Prix
1. Robert Splaine Coolcorron Cool Diamond IRL, 2. Billy Twomey Luidam IRL, 3. Beat Mandli L B Pozitano
Nations Cup
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4th June 2003
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, at 4:00 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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4th June 2003

CSIPJY Wierden
19 - 21 June 2003

The following riders have been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show from 19 - 21 June 2003:-
CSIJ ; Martha Beaumont From Stocksfield, Northumberland, Lynne Clibburn From Preston, Lancashire, Kelly Connor From Lochgelly, Fife, Tom Davison From Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, Richard Hook From Winchester, Hampshire, Portia Howard From Norwich, Norfolk, Aimee John From Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Louise Pavitt From Godalming, Surrey, Charlotte Platt From Haslemere, Surrey, Ryan Prater From Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Michaela Russell From Braintree, Essex, Andrew Walker From Halifax, West Yorkshire
CSIYR ; Sarah Coughlan From Sevenoaks, Kent, Johanna Gate From Workington, Cumbria, Matthew Jay From Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
Kate Mead Based in Switzerland, Anton Owens From Llangefni, Gwynedd, Natalie Phillips From Morley, Leeds, Emma Shaw From Great Haywood, Staffordshire
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4th June 2003

Amended : CSIOJY Reims
5 - 8 June 2003

The following riders have been selected to participate at CSIOJY Reims from 5 - 8 June 2003:-
CSIOJ ; James Billington From Nantwich, Cheshire, Tim Gredley From Newmarket, Suffolk, Sophie Heaven From Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Gemma Plumley From Chepstow, Gwent, Georgie Strutton From Steyning, West Sussex
CSIYR ; James Davenport Based in Holland, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, Essex, Sarah Lynch From Loughborough, Leicestershire, Ben Maher From Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, Rebecca Walker From York, North Yorkshire
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3rd June 2003
Brightling Park Splashes out for 2003
A completely new Intro Course has been built for Brightling Park and many new fences for the Novice and Intermediate tracks will make it exciting for the regulars to this longstanding event. Both the water complexes, always popular with the spectators, have been cleaned and renovated to ensure safe thrills and spills this year.
The Horse Trials attracts over 400 competitors including many international and Olympic riders. Pippa Funnell, a regular competitor at Brightling, will be back again this year, as she comments "…it's a good local event for me with a friendly atmosphere so I'm very much looking forward to it".
The stunning countryside location, with beautiful parkland and the famous temple, provides a dramatic backdrop to the event. The good selection of trade stands will add to make this a great day out for competitors and visitors alike.
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3rd June 2003
American Hunter Jumper Foundation Assists Farrier Through Emergency Relief Fund
June 1, 2003 -- WEST BOYLSTON, Massachusetts -- The American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) recently granted Dennis Wilk, a well-respected farrier in Ohio, a $2,500 disbursement from the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund.
Forty-five year old Wilk was diagnosed last fall with Multiple Myeloma. This extremely rare form of bone marrow cancer is similar to leukemia. Although there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma, there are treatments which can send it into remission and extend life substantially -- perhaps for as long as a decade or more. Horseshoeing is a very strenuous occupation, and this disease robs its victims of all strength and energy. For this reason, and the months of aggressive chemotherapy that Dennis must undergo, it is expected that he will be unable to work for at least a year.
A longtime friend, Jeni Hren-Gaffney, D.V.M., organized a very successful silent auction and fundraiser to assist Dennis, his wife Barb and their six-year-old son, Steven. Almost $30,000 was raised as a result of the fundraiser and a bank fund! Cathy Bibbs-Cornell created a website to keep Dennis's many friends and well-wishers updated about his condition. The website also greatly enhanced the fundraising efforts. She describes Dennis as having a "wonderfully witty, magnanimous and gregarious personality, in addition to his exceptional skill as a farrier."
Dennis's wife, Barb, is overwhelmed by the support and assistance from the horse community. "We are so grateful for everything people have done for us. The magnitude of help is just incredible." she says. "And the AHJF making a disbursement to Dennis was truly the icing on the cake."
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3rd June 2003
Major Estate Focus At Royal Show 2003
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire: Machinery and advice which can help owners of country houses and small estates manage their land and business will be available in a major new "Estate Maintenance Area", being staged at this year's Royal Show.
The 2003 Royal Show is being held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire from Sunday 29th June to Wednesday 2nd July.
Bringing together a diverse range of products, this new presentation will make it easy for interested parties to access fresh information on the best way to maintain their properties, enabling them to compare the machinery options for a wide range of maintenance tasks and thus help to decide which of them is best suited to their individual purposes.
Jimmy Birchmore, the Royal Show executive co-ordinating the new exhibit, believes it will attract interest from a wide range of visitors, as it fills a unique niche in the market:
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3rd June 2003
Over the Walls Horse Trials Brings Top Eventing Competition to Northeast
Hardwick, MA—June 2, 2003—The Over the Walls Horse Trials will again bring top eventing competition to the Northeast when it returns to picturesque Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA, owned by Olympic Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins, August 1-3, 2003.
Over the Walls, which comprises three days of exciting eventing competition highlighting more than 200 horses and riders from the U.S. and other countries, showcases the nation’s most accomplished eventers as they vie for the Jack Le Goff Trophy in the event’s featured competition – the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship. Over the Walls also hosts seven other Advanced, Preliminary and Young Rider division classes.
Expected to return to defend his title at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials is last year’s Jack Le Goff Trophy winner, David O’Connor, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individual Gold Medalist and team Gold Medalist at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain. O’Connor won the Championship aboard his Gold Medal World Equestrian Games mount, Giltedge. O’Connor also took first place in the Advanced Division 1 competition in 2002 aboard his Gold Medal Olympic partner, Custom Made.
In last year’s Advanced Division 2 competition, Australian Phillip Dutton, a two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist, emerged victorious with House Doctor, his 2000 Gold Medal Olympic mount. Dutton also placed second riding It’s A Knockout. Dutton continued his winning streak when he took first place in the Advanced Division 3 with Nova Top.
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3rd June 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Army Win At Mullingar
THE THIRD OF the Bank Holiday Kerrygold Grands Prix took place at Mullingar today (Monday), and produced its share of surprises.
The course proved tricky for most competitors, and only four made it through to the jump-off. Of these, Paul O'Shea, riding Julie Pratt's <Who's Business As Usual>, suffered an elimination due to a broken bridle halfway round the course, but this still earned him a Fourth in the jump-off, and ahead of the first round four-faulters.

Winner Lt. Shane Carey kept up the strong Army presence at the Grand Prix League with <Shannondale>, taking the top slot with a double clear and a time of 38.61, less than a second faster than runner-up Neal Fearon on <Drumagoland Flight>. Delyth Collins, riding <Creevagh Duca Diamond> was unlucky to have a single pole down in the second round, slotting into Third.
However, the points gained at Mullingar consolidate Carey's No.3 spot on the Kerrygold Grand Prix league table, bringing his total from 19 up to 29, now just one point shy of equalling Andrew Dunlop in No.2. Clem McMahon still holds the No.1 league position, on 35 points.
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3rd June 2003
Eclipse Press Releases "The Seabiscuit Story" To Coincide With Seabiscuit Movie
LEXINGTON, KY – The phenomenon of Seabiscuit keeps rolling along, especially with the highly anticipated upcoming Universal Studios movie starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges set for release on July 25th. With racing nostalgia at fever pitch, Eclipse Press has delved into the archives of its parent company, Blood-Horse Publications, and compiled The Seabiscuit Story, using firsthand accounts of Seabiscuit's life and racing career as originally reported in the pages of The Blood-Horse Magazine . These vintage issues, which date from 1935 to 1940, are very rare, so many of the articles in The Seabiscuit Story will be seen for the first time since the great horse raced, some 65 years ago.
The amazing rags-to-riches story of 1930s hero Seabiscuit is chronicled in captivating detail in the 168 pages of the book. The book contains actual accounts of Seabiscuit's rise to fame starting with his first victory in a stakes race at age two, to his success under new trainer Tom Smith, and the coast-to-coast victories that made him a national icon during the darkest years of the Depression.
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2nd June 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League News
Irish eyes were smiling in St Gallen today as the boys in green stormed to victory in the third leg of the Samsung Super League series and moved ever-closer to the league leaders from France who, this time around, had to settle for third place.
The Swiss, competing on their home ground but unable to claim Super League points as they failed to qualify for the series, were runners-up after a third-round jump-off between Marcus Fuchs and Ireland’s Robert Splaine while the British slotted into fourth spot behind the French, and the Italians produced a much-improved performance to finish fifth.

Legendary course-designer, Paul Weier, who has been connected with the horse show at St Gallen for more than 30 years, celebrated his retirement with a track that was big, technical and difficult, and the line from the water at fence five to the following oxer at fence six proved the bogey of the day.
All four German riders faulted here at their first attempt, but three clears from the Irish gave them the advantage after round one as last year’s Samsung Leading Horse and Rider combination of Cian O’Connor and Waterford Crystal provided the discount score when collecting five faults.
The Swiss were lying second at this stage, obliged to carry the four faults picked up by Steve Guerdat and Innovation when, despite clears from Beat Maendli (LB Pozitano) and Willi Melliger (Gold du Talus), Tinka’s Boy slammed on the brakes at the double, fence four, for Markus Fuchs.
It was a day full of surprises as the French could only produce one clear, from Gilles Bertrand de Balanda (Crocus Graverie), first time out while Michel Hecart’s Quilano de Kalvarie, so impressive at La Baule, stopped at the Samsung oxer at fence eight leaving his side to count the two four-fault performances from Eric Levallois (Diamond de Semilly Ecolit) and Reynald Angot (Tlaloc M).
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2nd June 2003
Equestrian Videographer Releases Enlightening Video "Fit happens"
Solvang, CA For immediate release: New-Dawn Productions has just released a new video called “FIT HAPPENS”. This is the first video released anywhere that explains saddle fitting using a computer saddle fitting system for validation.
Currently, saddle makers and tack shops attempt to fit saddles with baling wire, plaster casts or thermoform plastic. The lack of any standardized measurement systems has permitted saddle companies to develop their own unique nomenclature that really does not relate to anything, not even the horse.
The result is absolute chaos for the saddle customer trying to find a saddle that fits their horse. Because there is no accurate standardized measurement, equestrians buy saddle after saddle and pad after pad, never really finding a solution.
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2nd June 2003

Ireland Wins Swiss Nations Cup After Jump Off
THE IRISH TEAM of Robert Splaine, Cian O'Connor, Billy Twomey and Kevin Babington were victorious in St. Gallen, Switzerland today (Sunday), winning the Samsung Nations Cup after a breathtaking jump-off with home nation Switzerland.
Both teams finished on a total of 12 Faults, and Ireland's Robert Splaine was sent in to jump against the clock with Swiss star Markus Fuchs. However, the Corkman, riding <Coolcorron Cool Diamond> finished with just two time faults, while Fuchs. riding <Tinka's Boy> lowered two fences, finishing on a total score of eight faults.

This is Ireland's first victory in the current Samsung Nations Cup Super League, and puts them in second place behind France in the Super League Table. Ireland last won the Samsung Nations Cup League in 1999. The Super League was introduced in 2003, and will include Dublin as one of its competition venues, in August.
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2nd June 2003

Show Jumping Kerrygold Grand Prix League - McMahon Wins 1m50 Grand Prix At Stepaside
IN THE SECOND of the weekend's national Grand Prix fixtures at Stepaside, Co. Dublin, League leader Clem McMahon further consolidated his position with a win and a Fourth in today's (Sunday) Super League competition, which had 12 riders through to the jump-off.
Riding <Gelvin Clover>, McMahon was fractions of a second ahead of runner-up Andrew Dunlop on <Cruz Forever>, while British rider Sharon Quigley rode <Candle Queen> into Third.
McMahon also managed to take Fourth place with <Hermes de Reve>, jumping another double clear.
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2nd June 2003
Anna Merveldt-Steffens 6th In Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle To Music) - Munich Riem CDI*** Germany
International Dressage Competition, Pries der Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland Gmbh, Grand Prix Kur
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2nd June 2003

Coyle Wins Eindhoven Derby
IRELAND'S TREVOR Coyle has clinched the prestigious Eindhoven Derby in the Netherlands today (Sunday) with the American-owned bay mare <Fleur>, and picks up a brand new Audi A3 car for his efforts.
Dungannon-born Coyle (42) was Ireland's only entrant in the Show Jumping World Cup at Las Vegas in April, and has been staging a comeback during the last 12 months on the international circuit. He was runner-up in the World Cup in 1999, riding the Irish-bred stallion <Cruising>.
He finished the first round of the Eindhoven Derby with one of only three clear rounds, and with a single pole down in the second round, could not be reached by runner-up Michel Robert of France, who picked up eight faults.
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2nd June 2003

Eventing Result: British Pony Eventing Championship 2003, Sansaw Park, Great Britain Sunday 1st June 2003
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2nd June 2003

Show Jumping - Charles Fifth In Hamburg Derby
German Spring-Derby 2003 Hamburg, Springprufung mit Stechen – international
1) Champion Du Lys; Beerbaum, Ludger (GER), 2) Locando; Ehning, Marcus (GER), 3) Lordano; Bengtsson, Rolf-Goran (GER)
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2nd June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Eindhoven Netherlands May 29 - June 1 2003
L'Annee Hippique Prize, International Show Jumping - Table A Two Phase 1m40
1) Aster; Francois Mathy Jr (Bel), 2) First Lady D'Elle; Harrie Smolders (Ned), 3) Erduit D'Opal; Santiago Lambre (Mex)
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1st June 2003

O'Connor Maintains The Pressure At St Gallen
WITH THE needle match of Sunday's Nations Cup looming, Ireland's Cian O'Connor maintained the almost relentless Irish pressure on the opposing countries with a Second place in today's (Saturday) St. Gallen Speed Class, but was unable to equal Germany's Toni Hassmann's super-fast time of 75.40, coming in over three seconds slower.
However, 23 yr old O'Connor has now demonstrated that his second-string horse, ABC Landliebe, is a force to be reckoned with, having already won the opening class at the Swiss fixture, and taking a Seventh place earlier today. Yesterday, O'Connor's team-mates Robert Splaine and Billy Twomey took First and Second in the St. Gallen Grand Prix, proving that the Irish are in fiercely determined mood for tomorrow's Nations Cup showdown.
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1st June 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold National Grand Prix League 2003
O'Brien Clinches First Of Stepaside Grands Prix

LT. DAVID O'BRIEN may have had to pull <Boherdeal Clover> out of the Nations Cup in Rome earlier this month because of the horse's aversion to water, but the Clover Hill stallion showed everyone a clean pair of heels at Stepaside Grand Prix today (Saturday), and romped home with nearly two seconds to spare.

Surprise of the show may well have been Kilkenny's 17 yr old Gerard O'Neill, who took Fourth with <Duc Du Moyon> in his 2003 Grand Prix debut, having been lent the horse by owner Cian O'Connor, with a view to progressing the combination to European Championship standard. Meanwhile, the Army consolidated its strong league position when Capt. Gerry Flynn took Fifth on <Rincoola Abu>.
A total of 81 riders and horses lined out in the sunshine at the popular Stepaside Show in Co. Dublin for the 1.40m Leddy Family Partnership Grand Prix, which is part of the Kerrygold Grand Prix Show Jumping League.
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1st June 2003
Arabian Sport Horse Nationals Seeking Competitors
The Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia, on September 17-21, 2003, is the only national single breed competition focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines. Owners of Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian sport horses are encouraged to attend the show, which will offer 63 classes in three divisions: sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper. For a complete list of classes, check out the prize list by going to www.ArabianHorses.org/competitions/nationalevents/sporthorse. The closing date for entries is August 6, 2003.
To encourage riders showing on the open circuit to participate, qualifications will be waived for sport horse and hunters and jumper classes this year. Dressage horses will be required to have Nationals qualifications.
All horses need to be Arabians, Half-Arabians or Anglo-Arabians registered with AHA or the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry but do not need to be inspected or approved by any particular sport horse registry. Both rider and owner need to be AHA members.
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1st June 2003
Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider
May 2003 Newsletter
Trail Ride Preparation By Bob Jeffreys
Trail riding is the reason many of us started with horses in the first place. It’s still my favorite horse activity. There’s no pressure to perform, no judges and no clock; just your trustworthy mount, you and Mother Nature. Although Mother Nature can play tricks on us at times, we can minimize the effects with good trail ride preparation.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume that your horse feels safe and comfortable with you as his leader and has had sufficient trail training.
The first thing you can do is to let someone know about how long you’ll be gone and, if possible, what route you’ll be following. If you have a map, bring it with you. If not, and you’re riding in an unfamiliar area, stop and turn around every once in a while to take note of what the scenery should look like when you’re returning home. If you’re going to ride for a long distance or in rough terrain, an endurance saddle or a properly fitted Western saddle would be preferred to an English or dressage saddle. They distribute the weight over a larger area making it more comfortable for your horse. Dry spots on your horse in the saddle area after you ride indicate that your saddle is causing undue pressure on those particular areas. This prohibits the sweat glands from operating and is probably causing your horse pain. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need a different saddle. You may have to “pad” appropriately. Basically you want to be able to insert your hand between the saddle and the horse’s shoulders or loins without feeling pressure. You should not be able to do this where the saddle is resting on his back. It’s a matter of preference whether a breast collar or rear cinch is used. If you’re going to use saddle bags, I find most horses prefer pommel bags which don’t irritate the horse as much as bags tied behind the cantle. In either case, tie the loose end to your saddle to prevent it from flopping against your horse. Tie a slicker or raincoat to your saddle in case it rains. Wear, or bring along a hat for the same reason.
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1st June 2003
Irish Rider 4th In Grand Prix Speciale
Lipica CDI*** Slovenia - 31st May 2003
Irish rider Heike Holstein placed 4th the Grand Prix Speciale at the international dressage show in Lipica, Slovenia today (Staurday May 31st 2003). Riding Welt Adel she scored 64.76%. The class was won by British rider Carl Hester and Escapado on a score of 67.92%.
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1st June 2003

Show Jumping - Charles Tenth In Hamburg Grand Prix
Nestlé Cup - Hamburg Grand Prix, Springprüfung mit Stechen – international
1) Coster; Ahlmann, Christian (GER)
2) Argelith Stakkato; Bitter, Eva (GER)
3) Diabolo d'ysieux; Fervers, Fritz (GER)
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1st June 2003

Sunday Major Day For Irish Show Jumping
IRISH RIDERS WILL compete for top honours in four international venues and one national venue on Sunday, June 1.
Abroad, the programme is:
At home, the programme includes: Kerrygold Grand Prix League: STEPASIDE SUPER LEAGUE GRAND PRIX, Co. Dublin
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1st June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Eindhoven May 29 - June 1 2003
Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Grand Prix of Eindhoven
International Jumping Competition

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1st June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO St Gallen, Switzerland May 29 - June 1 2003
Internationale Springpruefung - Hit and Hurry (FEI Art. 267)
1) Royal Charmer; Markus Fuchs (SUI)
2) Fleur XI; Theo Muff (SUI)
3) Faro de la Treilee; Paul Freimueller (SUI)
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