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21st June 2003

Samsung Super League News : Irish Aces Do It Again!
The Mercedes Benz Prize/Nations Cup at Aachen, part of the Samsung Super League
The Irish put in another stunning performance to record their second Samsung Super League victory and their third Nations Cup win in a row when topping the line-up at Aachen today.
In a thrilling clash in which the result was only decided by the final rider into the ring the boys in green held firm to pip a much-improved Belgian squad for the honours, while the league leaders from France had to settle for fifth spot this time.
The tension ahead of this leg of the series was already at a high pitch following the decision taken by the Aachen organisers to restrict the number of teams through to the second round to just eight.

With the USA using a wild-card, and therefore battling for points towards the normal Nations Cup series, it was possible that one of the Super League teams could lose out and this was exactly what happened when the Swedes concluded Round 1 in ninth position and therefore had to settle for just 0.5 Super League points.
There was a considerable amount of disagreement about this issue which must now be resolved ahead of next year’s series, but for the eight teams through to Round 2 it was still all to play for.
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21st June 2003
As Cold as Ice
Research now shows that the application of ice-cold therapy in the first 24 hours has a marked effect on the severity of an injury. It has now been shown that the temperature of the therapy must be as close to zero as possible, and the area should not be treated for more 10 minutes or until the skin goes numb. This constricts the flow of blood to the area and reduces swelling and oedema to the area.
Cold therapy has been used for many years for the prevention of injury after heavy exercise. New research now shows that cold is not good enough. For maximum affect, it must be ice cold.
The Armadillo Hot/Cold Therapy System allows you to apply hot or cold therapy anywhere on the rider or limbs of the horse - all with one product.
The gel packs can be either heated or cooled to temperature. When placed in the freezer, they do not do hard, but will drop in temperature to the crucial zero degrees.
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21st June 2003
8th Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association
October 15-17, 2003 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
List of topics and invited speakers
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21st June 2003
British Horse Society announces formation of All Party Parliamentary Group for the Horse
The British Horse Society is pleased to announce that, following a reception attended by supportive MPs and held at the House of Commons yesterday (17 June), a BHS All Party Parliamentary Group has been formed to promote key issues in horse welfare.
Reception host and BHS Trustee, the Rt Hon Robin Cook MP, along with BHS Chairman Pat Campbell and BHS Trustee Dr Harry Greenway, welcomed guests to the reception where attendees listened to addresses by BHS Vice-Presidents Baroness Masham and Anne Vestey before discussing particular issues with BHS Chief Executive, Kay Driver, and Head of Welfare Kerstin Alford. Amongst those present at the reception were the Rt Hon Alun Michael, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister for the Horse, and John Greenway MP, sponsor of the BHS Private Members' Bill on Ragwort. Please click here for further details
21st June 2003

Ireland Wins German Nations Cup
IN SPECTACULAR FASHION, Ireland decisively won the Aachen Nations Cup in Germany today (Friday).
With Germany desperate to improve upon their Super League position on the home turf of Aachen after a disappointing result on June 1 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and France determined to hold onto their top ranking, Ireland came up against fierce competition today in the fourth leg of the series.
After the second riders had completed the second round, only one point separated the top three teams - Ireland, Germany and France, but by the time Billy Twomey had completed his round on <Luidam>, Ireland's lead had widened to five points clear of Germany, with France seven points behind the leading nation. Germany and France's campaign had collapsed by the end of the competition, however, with Belgium leaping to Second place and wild card team USA drawing level with Germany.
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21st June 2003
US Jumping Team Finishes 3rd In The Nation's Cup Competition At Aachen
In the midst of fierce competition, US competitors continued to demonstrate their strength today at CHIO Aachen, Germany, where the jumping team (Lauren Hough/Windy City, Chris Kappler/Royal Kaliber, Laura Kraut/Anthem, and Peter Wylde/Fein Cera) finished in third place tying with the host country. Ireland won the competition and is now only half a point behind France on the Samsung Super League Leaderboard. Ireland also won the Nations’ Cup class at St. Gallen (SUI) several weeks ago. Chris Kappler on Royal Kaliber, a brown Dutch Warmblood stallion (Ramiro x Feidonja, by Voltaire) secured the team’s 3rd place finish with 2 clear rounds in the famed arena known for its size, seating capacity for 40,000 spectators and spectacular range of obstacles. Kappler, who competed at Aachen in 1995 and Jos Lansink (BEL) were the only two riders who achieved double clear rounds. “The show is bigger and better than ever and is phenomenal” commented Kappler. We’ve been having a great show and 3 out of the 4 team members are on the Pan Am Team so it’s nice to be able to compete together and get to know each other”. The US was invited to Aachen on a wildcard. Frank Chapot is serving as the Chef d’Equipe.
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21st June 2003
AHA Registers 600,000th Purebred Arabian
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo. celebrated a milestone when it assigned purebred Arabian registration number 600000 in May of this year. One of the oldest breed registries in the United States, it registered the first purebred Arabian in 1908. Registry number 600000 went to Bambi Forsyth's 2002 filly, Lady Marina (Marine+/ x Fayek Gai Lady). A small Michigan breeder, Forsyth calls Lady Marina her "miracle foal."
Forsyth carefully planned for her 2002 filly, researching the perfect stallion to breed to her mare, Fayek Gai Lady. "I really wanted a grey foal with a performance pedigree. My mare was a grey and I was looking for a grey stallion with an English or western background. When I attended the 2001 Scottsdale Arabian Show, I stopped at the Salem Children's Home stallion auction. One of the stallions offered was Marine+/. After looking at his performance record, I thought he would be a good match for my mare," says Forsyth.
Forsyth awaited Fayek Gai Lady's first foal; unfortunately problems started shortly after her mare was checked in foal. The mare soon developed gestational laminitis, a painful condition that caused the structure of her hooves to deteriorate. "We treated the mare to make her more comfortable but as the pregnancy wore on we could see she was getting worse. The laminitis also caused the foal to go into stasis, which meant that the foal essentially stopped growing. Twelve months into the pregnancy, the vet estimated she still had two more weeks to go," says Forsyth.
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21st June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO***** Aachen Germany 17-22 June 2003
S10- Prize of Tuchfabrik Becker, Aachen, Hunting Competition
1) Farina; Rene Tebbel (GER)
2) Constantin; Markus Beerbaum (GER)
3) Isovlas Lataro; Steve Guerdat (SUI)

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21st June 2003
Arabian Youth Nationals Enters Second Decade
The Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show will celebrate its 11th anniversary when it returns to Expo New Mexico July 20-26. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo., produces the weeklong event that features top-level horse show competition, a commercial trade fair, silent auction, annual youth convention and many exciting activities.
This year's show will feature approximately 1,000 horses from the United States and Canada competing in 104 classes. Competition starts Sunday, July 20 and runs through Saturday, July 26 and is open to the public. Classes run from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. each day and are divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Admission to all performances is free for the duration of the show. Last year's event drew 8,000 spectators and economic impact to Albuquerque was estimated at $7.4 million.
Horse show competition and activities are open to youth, defined as competitors up to 18 years of age. Prizes such as saddles and bridles will be awarded to competitors in select classes. The Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA), which makes up 12 percent of AHA, has 5,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. AHYA will hold its annual convention Saturday July 19, the day before the show starts, at Expo New Mexico, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The convention features speakers, committee meetings, seminars and a general assembly where the 2003-2004 AHYA officers will be elected by delegates from the youth membership.
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21st June 2003

Pony Show Jumping Results: CSIP Wierden Netherlands 19-21 June 2003
Second Qualification Ponies
1) Maurits Vetker; Mississippi (NED)
2) Raphael McEnroe; Dungimmon Knight (IRL)
3) Patrick van der Schans; Romantico (NED)
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21st June 2003

Pony Show Jumping Results: CSIOP Freudenberg Germany 19-22 June 2003
Springprufung KI.M/ B, international. (Grand Prix Qualifier)
Preis der Fa. Erzquell Brauerei Siegtal Haas & Co. KG
1) Shalom Outlaw; McAuley, Mark (IRL)
2) Mr.Polo Bear; Condon, Anthony (IRL)
3) Reape's Pride; Vestergaard, Melanie (DEN)
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20th June 2003

Show Jumping - Friday Is Super League Day At Aachen
IRELAND ONCE more goes into battle to ensure the country's place in the Samsung Super League today (Friday June 20), competing against eight other teams in the Nations Cup of Germany.
With the USA as a wild card entry, the Irish will really have to be concerned with only the three other teams fighting for supremacy at the top end of the league - Germany, Gt. Britain, and current Super League leaders France. Ireland currently lies in second place after a spectacular victory at St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the beginning of the month.
This is the halfway stage of the Super League, and Aachen arguably its most prestigious venue, with a budget of 8.5m Euro being poured into the show.
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20th June 2003
UK Debut For "Clicker Training" Expert
Innovator teaching a 'guide horse for the blind' will explain new technique
Alexandra Kurland, world leader in the development of "clicker training" for horses and currently teaching a miniature horse to replace a blind friend's guide dog, is to make a flying visit to the UK in October to demonstrate her techniques
She will hold one clinic at the Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Lancashire, on October 21, and using "volunteer" horses and ponies, demonstrate how the sounds from her clicker device can be used in their training. And for those interested, she will show photographs and talk about teaching the "guide horse" to look after her owner.
Her visit is being arranged by 31-year-old horse behavourist Linda Pearson from Water Rossendale, Lancashire. "I have been using the clicker technique to train my own horses for about five years, and recently began giving demonstrations," she said.
"I have been trying for some time to persuade Alex to come over. October will be a flying visit, but I hope next year she will visit the UK for longer and we can do a series of clinics. I have already had inquiries from the south east and south west."
During her evening at Osbaldeston, Alex will also talk about training the "guide horse", Panda. The miniature has already mastered some aspects of training, can get in and out of cars, negotiate obstacles in busy New York centre and navigate around shops - and go to the toilet on cue!
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20th June 2003
Arabian Wins 2002 Purina Mills Super Senior Horse Search
The 10-day-old Arabian colt that was Carla Connor's wedding present is now her 35-year-old dearly beloved companion and the winner of Equine Senior's 2002 Super Senior Horse Search. Purina Mills chose Daurief (Daufin x Aarief) over more than 2,000 horses nationwide based on Connor's essay and a photo showing him in excellent body condition as he cantered effortlessly across her pasture. Purina awarded the pair 40 bags of Equine Senior, a $2,000 gift certificate and is featuring them in an Equine Senior ad campaign.
Connor was a 20-year-old bride when her husband generously offered to buy her an Arabian horse with their wedding money. When Connor saw the little *Raffles-bred colt at the Mekeel Ranch, a renowned breeder of fine Arabian horses, "He grabbed my heart," says Connor. "He was a little imp and just kept nibbling at my shirt, and he had these big doe-like brown eyes that were so caring."
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20th June 2003
HorseWorld banks on success with Barclays!
Local staff from Barclays Bank braved a cold, wet Saturday morning in May to redecorate several stables for the horses, ponies and donkeys at HorseWorld, in Bristol. The Welfare Department at HorseWorld (a registered charity) takes in many sick, injured and neglected horses, all of whom need a safe, secure environment to recover in. The stables in the Welfare Department get used extensively, and they need regular cleaning and re-decorating to prevent the spread of disease.
Simon Gould, Barclays Local Business Manager, was touched by the sad stories of some of the horses, ponies and donkeys when he visited HorseWorld, and so he offered to help. Sixteen Barclays volunteers braved the weather to spend hours cleaning, scraping, sweeping and painting 15 stables in the Welfare Department. Simon Gould said: " We all had a really enjoyable day supporting HorseWorld, everyone just got stuck in and worked really hard to achieve as much as possible in one day. This is a great example of Barclays staff working closely with the local community to achieve something which we hope will make a real and lasting difference".
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20th June 2003
Exceptional Performances From US Riders At Aachen Including A Team Silver
Admirable placings were had in the Grand Prix CDIO competition today, June 19th, at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany by Lisa Wilcox who secured a 2nd place finish earning a 73.54% on Relevant followed closely by Debbie McDonald abroad Brentina who produced a 73.25%. Recent World Cup winner, Ulla Salzgeber (GER) on Rusty 47 was the victor with a score of 75.88%. Guenter Seidel finished in 16th place on Nikolaus 7 earning a 68.33% and Steffen Peters wound up in 19th position on Grandeur with a score of 67.63%. All 4 US riders have qualified to compete in the Grand Prix Special which will take place on Saturday, June 21st. As a result of the good placings from this competition, the United States secured a silver medal in the team classification since the results for each country were used to determine the placings for the Nations’ Cup Competition. Germany, only slightly ahead of U.S, clenched the gold medal and Spain, the bronze. Klaus Balkenhol is serving as the Chef d’Equipe.
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20th June 2003

Harrison-Nannes Wins FEI Prix St. Georges To Start Cosequin Pan American Games Selection Trials at 2003 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—June 19, 2003—Kristina Harrison-Nannes of Burbank, CA, aboard the eleven –year-old, black, gelding, Kantor, won the FEI Prix St. Georges at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack in Gladstone, NJ. The class was the first of the Cosequin USET Selection Trials for the 2003 Pan American Games, which will be held this summer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The pair earned a 68.950% to top a field of thirteen horse-and-rider combinations.

Finishing second behind Harrison-Nannes with a score of 68.400% was Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, aboard Feleciano. Ebeling also earned third place honors aboard Liberte with a score of 68.250%. At last year’s Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Ebeling won the Reserve Championship on Liberte who is owned by Ann Romney, wife of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
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20th June 2003
Half-Arabian Earns U.S. Dressage Federation Gold Medal
Heather Oleson and her Half-Arabian dressage horse, SB Flame Dancer (Ralmas Roper x Hey Dance Alittle), captured one of the sport's highest accolades--a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold Medal. Dancer was also the only Half-Arabian to earn a USDF All-Breeds award at the Grand Prix Level in 2002. To earn the Gold Medal, Heather and Dancer needed four scores of 60 percent or higher, two from Intermediate 1 or II and two at Grand Prix. Six other Arabians and Half-Arabians listed below earned USDF Silver and Bronze Medals.
Dancer was Oleson's first horse, a brash Arabian/Appaloosa yearling that was a good mover, spirited and spunky. Oleson's mother broke Dancer, and Oleson did all his early training with help from a local dressage trainer and a dressage-oriented 4-H club. She took Dancer to his first USDF-recognized show at First Level when he was 5 years old and she was 13. By then the two had started working as a team.
"I could always get him to do something pretty easily," says Oleson, who lives in Sherwood, Ore. "He was always very willing to work for me."
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19th June 2003

Copies Still Available of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book
Lexington, KY—June 17, 2003—Equestrian Events, Inc. has announced that copies of Kentucky Three-Day Event: A 25-Year Retrospective are still available for sale.
Kentucky’s famed Three-Day Event celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2002. As part of its Silver Anniversary Celebration, the organizer, Equestrian Events, Inc., published a commemorative book chronicling the 25-year history of the nation’s premier Three-Day Event, from the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships through the 2002 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Kentucky Three-Day Event: A 25-Year Retrospective is a limited edition, hardcover book combining more than 150 captivating color photographs with highlights from each historic year plus first-hand accounts from a variety of people who have been involved with the event over the last quarter century.
The first 2500 copies are individually numbered. Numbered copies are available for $50.00 each and unnumbered copies are available for just $40.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling per book.
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19th June 2003
Internationally Renowned Course Designer to Design Course for Laurels At Landhope International Combined Driving Event
West Grove, PA—June 18, 2003—The Laurels at Landhope has announced that prominent, international course designer Harry Buurman will create the course for this year’s competition, September 5-7 in West Grove, PA.
Over the last 20 years, Buurman, a landscape architect from The Netherlands, has designed many national and international competition courses, including the courses at the World Pairs Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany and the World Four-In-Hand Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland. He is course designer at Riesenbeck this year for the German National Championships. His previous U.S. experience includes serving as course designer at the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ.
Buurman highlights a world-class panel of internationally renowned officials presiding over the 2003 Laurels at Landhope event. Other event officials include the President of the Jury, Diana Brownlie of Scotland, as well as Ground Jury members Macy Hill, Holly Pulsifer, and Anne Rawle of the United States; Jack Pemberton and David Wharton of Canada; and Sidney Smith of Great Britain. Enno Georg of Germany will be the Technical Delegate.
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19th June 2003
Horsecity.com To Sponsor Pony Jumper National Championship
HorseCity.com has signed on to be the sponsor of the HorseCity.com/USAE Pony Jumper National Championships, held during the 2003 State Line Tack/USAE Pony Finals, at The Andrew’s School in Willoughby, OH, August 5 – 8. This is HorseCity.com’s second year as a corporate sponsor of USA Equestrian
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18th June 2003
Retired Racehorses Receive £10,000 Boost
TRUSTEE of the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Brough Scott will today (TUESDAY 17 JUNE) be receiving £10,000 on behalf of one of Britain's welfare centres for retired racehorses.
He will be handed the cheque on the first day of Royal Ascot by Stephen Crown, trustee of the Racehorse Owners Association's Emergency Relief For Thoroughbreds.
ERT was set up by the ROA five years ago to raise money to provide cover for former racehorses found in distress. This is the third lump sum donation being made by the charity. The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre received £10,000 in 2001, and in November last year Greatwood Caring for Retired Racehorses received the same gift.
ERT trustee Stephen Crown, who is also a Council member of the ROA, said: "The Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre does sterling work in caring for the welfare of former racehorses."
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18th June 2003

The Original Horse Safari
Imagine this: You are sitting astride a horse as he stands face to face with a buffalo and curiously sniffs the buffalo's nose. Just half an hour later you are standing, relaxed, close to two rhinos, photographing them from the saddle as they seek shade from the midday sun. This same horse will then carry you, unflinchingly, within meters of hippo as they splash in the waters of a dam, along paths bordered on both sides with abundance of game, and through thick bush, tracking leopard. He will canter with you alongside a herd of zebra, wildebeest or giraffe that appear suddenly at your side. He will stand stock still before an elephant and wait patiently for your signal to retreat.
You find these horses in South Africa, close to the Kruger National Park. There, you can go on a Horse Safari, sleeping in luxurious Safari tents, built in the colonial style on platforms facing a big river. On this mobile safari you ride over a 40000 acre private game reserve staying in different camps. Close encounters with elephant, cheetah, rhino, wild dog, buffalo, leopard, accompanied by a professional guide, are the thrill of this adventure. In small groups of four experienced riders, Wait A Little African Big Five Horse Safaris gives you the experience of a lifetime.
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18th June 2003

Happy birthday San Patrignano!

The seventh International Show Jumping "Challenge Vincenzo Muccioli" will take place from 18th to 20th July in the San Patrignano equestrian facilities, the largest European drug rehabilitation centre which celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.
"25 years of history mean 18,000 young people which San Patrignano has taken in over, thousand of young boys and girls who left drug behind them and now have a house, a job, a family - says Giacomo Muccioli, President of the Show Jumping Organizing Committee - It also includes our work and commitment in the equestrian world. At San Patrignano the horses play a therapeutic role and represent a tool which can help our guests in overcoming their problems. They are and will always be a constant presence in our community. Thanks to our horses and to the fantastic goals we reached, as the victories at the World Championship, at the Olympic Games and at the main international show jumpings, San Patrignano has spread its human and social message all over the world".
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18th June 2003
Future Stars Get Their Chance To Savour Hickstead Derby Thrills
New Pony Masters is Europe's richest prize for juniors
The best riders in the world and the youngsters with ambitions to take their place. It's all there as part of the entertainment at this year British Jumping Derby Meeting (August 14-17) - in the established and acclaimed British Jumping Derby itself and the launch of the unique Hickstead Pony Masters.
Many of the best riders in the world have already won the Derby, and a lot more still have it in their sights. It takes a great rider and a brave and powerful horse to negotiate the 1,195-metre course and obstacles like the three-element Devil's Dyke and the almost perpendicular slope of the 10ft 6ins Derby Bank.
But this year attention will be split between this class and the Hickstead Pony Masters, a new competition offering junior riders and their ponies their chance to compete in the famous International Arena. The £2,500 first prize is a little short of the Derby's £20,000, but it's still Europe's richest pot for their up-to-16 age group.
"It's a really amazing opportunity for these young people to experience the occasion and savour the atmosphere in the International Arena," said Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn. "Most of them will have the British Jumping Derby as an ambition and some of them will make it."
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18th June 2003
Horse Theft Warning From Farmkey
FARMKEY has put out a warning for horse owners in the Peterborough-area to be vigilant after a spate of horse thefts across the region. In the latest theft, Millie a 10-year-old bay mare, welsh cob cross was taken from a field in Ailsworth, near Peterborough Three other horses were also taken from the same field on June 13 and Farmkey is appealing for people to come forward with information.
Millie is freezemarked by Farmkey with the number 6DP8 on her near side saddle area. Standing 15hands, Millie has a white blaze, and white stockings on the off fore, near and off hind, and a white sock on the near fore.
Farmkey offers a £5000 reward for the information which leads to the conviction of anyone stealing a Farmkey freezemarked horse. Please click here for further details
18th June 2003
Pan-American Silver Medalist Gives Texas Young Riders the Rides of Their Lives
Midlothian, TX, June 12, 2003— Texas has been home to World Champion Quarter Horses, reiners and cutters for decades, but the Olympic sport of dressage is still in the growth stage in the Lone Star State. Yet, Myrna Krohn has been working to improve the availability of quality dressage instruction by bringing top clinicians from around the world to her High Ridge Farm (30 miles south of Dallas.) The efforts have been appreciated; riders have been driving more than 1000 miles roundtrip to work with Pan-American Games Silver Medalist and USDF Gold Medalist Dr. Cesar Parra, who teaches as many as four clinics per year at High Ridge.
“Cesar’s very tough; he expects you to ride like you’re going to the Olympics,” said Krohn. “But he’s very enthusiastic and he loves the sport so much. Everyone just loves riding with him.” To help the region’s younger dressage enthusiasts, Krohn recently organized a special clinic just for them. Krohn explained, “We wanted to expose our young riders to someone with Cesar’s credentials and drive. Cesar graciously donated his time and we had a wonderful response.”
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18th June 2003

Croydon Woman Convicted of Cruelty to Pony
Today, Tuesday 17 June, at Dorking Magistrates Court, Surrey, Christine Mahoney, 58, of 50, Searchwood Road, Warlingham, Croydon was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Freddie a Shetland type pony in her possession. She was fined £250 and ordered to pay £5,150 costs.

Following a complaint to the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) their Field Officer, Ted Barnes, visited Freddie in Warlingham on 9 May 2001. He was found to be lame and to have extremely long feet. The ILPH paid for a farrier to visit to trim his feet. On 19 December that year the ILPH received a further complaint about Freddie. His feet were again found to be very long, the ILPH again paid for his treatment.
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18th June 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League News
Keep up to date with the latest news from Aachen CHIO at website www.chioaachen.de.
The Mercedes Benz Prize/Nations Cup of Aachen, part of the Samsung Super League will begin on Friday June 20 at 01.00 hrs and for further information you can contact Press Officer, Katharina Hoffmann, at Tel: 0049 24191710, Fax: 0049 241917199, or E-mail: info@chioaachen.de.
Today, Tuesday June 17, the logo for the 2006 World Equestrian Games will be launched during the opening ceremony at Aachen and tickets sales will begin immediately afterwards. Please click here for further details

17th June 2003
The 2nd International Conference on the Transportation of Competition Horses is to be held at Hartpury College Gloucestershire during the weekend of 12th - 13th July 2003.
Mary Gordon-Watson
When I was competing in horse trials, travelling horses around the world was a relatively rare occurrence. Now, not so many years on, thousands of horses clock up many thousands of miles annually, whether on the international competition circuits, transporting to studs or race meetings worldwide, or just attending local shows.
Both horse owners and professional transporters need to be aware not only of the best and safest ways to travel horses, but the increasingly complex network of legislation and regulations imposed by the European Union.
For this reason anyone who transports horses - their own or other peoples' - is strongly advised to attend the Conference this July.
Whether carrying a single horse by road to a local show, shipping a load of breeding stock across the water, or flying a team of fit horses to an international event, it is vital to know how to minimise the risks and avoid any unnecessary stress. The welfare and performance of those horses depends upon it.
This Conference has been arranged by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), because they believe it has now become essential to bring together all those involved in moving horses by road, sea or air.
World authorities who will present the key issues include, Professor Catherine Kohn and Professor Fred Derkson from the USA, Dr Des Leadon (President of the World Equine Veterinary Association), Peter Kettlewell from the Silsoe Research Institute, Eddie Harper from the Animal Road Hauliers Association and Emma Stamper, President of the Animal Transport Association (AATA). Horse transporters and flying grooms will also speak and important rules will be explained by regulators, while the most important veterinary and welfare aspects will be covered by leading experts in these fields.
"The conference will review transport risk factors and existing guidelines," says Alex Atock, ILPH Consultant and Conference Secretary. "We want to capture the views of the industry on aspects of managing horses during movement, and assess the safety and design of horse transport by road, sea and air"
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17th June 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Japan, Korea and New Zealand qualify a team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
No less than 36.500 spectators attended the Olympic selection trial which took place last Sunday in Aachen (GER).

Thirty-eight jumping riders from South Africa, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia, the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, Iran and Lebanon fought for the coveted starting places for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Three teams and five individual riders could qualify.
The qualified teams for the 2004 Olympic Games are Japan, Korea, which is coached by the three-fold European Champion Paul Schockemöhle, and New Zealand. The Japanese Team, composed of Taizo Sugitani,/Lamalushi, Toshiki Masui/Ernest, Mariko Kato/Sportnant and Tadayoshi Hayashi/Swanky finished the team competition with a total score of 5 penalty points, followed by Korea with 8 pts and New Zealand with 12 pts.
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17th June 2003
Cleveland Bay Horse Society Launches Passport Issuing Service
THE Cleveland Bay Horse Society (CBHS) is launching a new British Horse Passport issuing service.
This new service is available to all horse owners whatever the breed of their animal.
For a number of years the society has issued passports for part bred and pure bred Cleveland Bays but the service is now being extended.
The Society is offering the passport facility, which fully complies with the new regulations that come into force at the end of December 2003, to both non CBHS members and to horses that have no Cleveland Bay blood. The price of the Passport has been set at £19.
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17th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI* Roeser, Luxembourg 13-15 June 2003
1) Ally McBeal ; Hanley, Carl (IRL), 2) Hasard du Gisors; Dumartin, Fabrice (FRA), 3) Depres; Staut, Kevin (FRA)
Competition No: 7 PRIX BITBURGER
1) Elite de la Folie; Doerr,Gilbert (FRA), 2) Nadja; Hanley, Cameron (IRL), 3) Ines du Vignoble; Thirion, Laurent (BEL)
1) Say You Will; Cox, Karel (BEL), 2) Rodrigo; Hanley, Cameron (IRL), 3) Cara 31; Abt ,Stefan (GER)
Competition No: 9- GRAND PRIX P&T
1) Qui Voila; Doerr, Gilbert (FRA), 2) Glenn; Abt, Stefan (GER), 3) Dino; Blaton, Michel (BEL)
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16th June 2003
Baileys Fine Tunes!
Baileys Horse Feeds are to sponsor the British Dressage Novice Freestyle Championship having signed a deal taking them to 2006. Baileys are no strangers to the sport of dressage, being involved with reigning National Champion, Nicky Barrett, and rising star, Gareth Hughes, and having previously supported individual classes at both affiliated and unaffiliated competitions and throughout the grades. Quite surprising then that the Novice Freestyle will be their first commitment to an affiliated series. "We've really enjoyed following our riders' successes over the past few months and after a super evening at the Winter Championships, I felt it was about time we got more involved with the sport," says Marketing Manager, Jane Buchan.
Novice freestyle to music was originally the brainchild of Jenny Loriston-Clarke, whose Catherston Stud first hosted and sponsored the series, and was responsible for encouraging numerous novice riders to take part. Its popularity has grown enormously over recent years, with the number of qualifying competitions growing from 12 to around 30 throughout the country from May to December. The top three riders from each qualifier are eligible to compete at one of four Regional Semi finals, with the prize winners there competing in the final at the Winter Championships, at Solihull.
From the top of the company down, Baileys are very much hands-on horse people with a passion for what they do and a very real understanding of the demands of the different disciplines, including dressage.
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16th June 2003
Brindle Horses
The Brindle pattern consists of a watery or drippy looking striping (sometimes just partial striping) over the body of an animal. It is more commonly seen in dogs or cattle. In horses, the pattern is extremely rare.
Brindle has occurred in such diverse breeds as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, German and Bavarian Warmbloods, Russian Horses, Spanish Horses, and also in Donkeys and Mules. Many people confuse the Brindle pattern with Dun Factor markings (stripe down the back, barring on the legs, and occasional regular-spaced striping down the ribs). At one time, it was thought Brindle was a just a variation of Dun Factor. However, many brindles do not have any Dun Factor markings whatsoever, indicating the two patterns are probably distinct genetically
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16th June 2003

Ireland Romp Home In Finnish Nations Cup
IRELAND HAS NOW won two Nations Cups back-to-back, with victory in the Finnish Nations Cup today (Sunday) following the Super League win at St. Gallen on June 1. Though starting as favourites after two days of competition at the Nations Cup venue of Hamina, Finland, the Irish squad had everything to prove upon their arrival last Thursday.
With squad member Conor Swail out of action due to a serious cholic problem with his horse, and individual rider Cian O'Connor drafted in as last-minute team replacement on a horse untried at Nations Cup level, the team had the added unknown quantity of Clones-born rider Clem McMahon making his Nations Cup debut.

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16th June 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - O'Brien Takes Double Clear Win At Galway
WITH A tricky course designed by Brendan Duffy at the Galway County Show testing many riders to the limit, there were only five horses through to the Grand Prix jump-off today (Sunday) in the Galway sunshine, and only one double clear round at the finish.
A win by Lt. David O'Brien on the Minister for Defence's <Carraig Dubh> brought the Army Rider into the Top Six in the Kerrygold League rankings for the first time. He said: <<I am delighted with the double clear. I thought the ground was slightly holding, and so I was under some pressure, finding it hard to jump, but in the end he delivered the goods. I'm also delighted to be in the Top Six of the rankings, and I thought the atmosphere here today was tremendous.>>
Many riders fell foul of the related distance at fence 7 and 8, and the long combination coming up to the finish posed a problem of stamina for tiring horses and riders.
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16th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI* Roeser, Luxembourg 13-15 June 2003
Competition No: 4 PRIX TECHPRINT, Small Tour
1) Elite de la Folie; Doerr, Gilbert (FRA), 2) Greta; Lambre, Santiago (MEX), 3) Nadja; Hanley, Cameron (IRL)
Competition No: 5 PRIX BERNARD-MASSARD, Middle Tour
1) Pretty Pearl 3; Schafer, Armin (GER), 2) Hunter Staut, Kevin (FRA), 3) Dominick; Fisher, James (GBR), 4) Askan IV; Talbot, Niall (IRL)
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16th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Cannes France 12-15 June 2003
Competition N° 5, PRIX de TONGE, Barème C
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15th June 2003

McMahon Wins Hamina Grand Prix
PROVING THAT THE SELECTORS were correct in selecting him for the Finnish Nations Cup competition at Hamina, Clones-born Clem McMahon today (Saturday) racked up his second victory at the venue, taking the Grand Prix comfortably on <Hermes De Reve>. On his first outing at this level, McMahon - who currently leads the Kerrygold National Grand prix league at home - also won the 1m40 class on <Dark Flight> yesterday.
These wins, as well as Top Five places over the last 36 hours by team-mates Cian O'Connor, Capt. Gerry Flynn and Lt. Shane Carey, now makes Ireland favourites to win tomorrow's (Sunday) Finland Nations Cup at Hamina
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15th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI* Roeser, Luxembourg 13-15 June 2003
PRIX KARP-KNEIP, Show Jumping Kl.L /B international
1) Ex Girl; Wordley, Sharn (NZL), 2) Nadja; Hanley, Cameron (IRL), 3) Greta; Lambre, Santiago (MEX)
PRIX LE GRENIER, Show Jumping Kl.M /B international
1) Flash d'Arros; Rodrigues, Andres (VEN), 2) Say You Will; Cox, Karel (BEL), 3) Valentino; Hanley, Carl (IRL)
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