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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.

Major animal welfare project gives new lease of life to Afghans
Frankie's Appeal For Retired Racehorses
Horses Through History Feature In Top Summer Festival
The Brindle Horse

The Suffolk Punch
The Irish Draught Horse
The Marwari Horse
Samsung Super League News
Federation Equestre Internationale News


5th July 2003
Racing goes Magnetic
Dubai Thoroughbred Racing have had great success using the Armadillo Magnetic Rug. Owners of the brilliant Dubaian Gift, one of the fastest horses over 5 furlongs in the country, Dubai Thoroughbred Racing have been thrilled with the results.
Many racehorses have cold backs and require walking around or even lunging before the rider can mount. More still come out of the stable stiff and it takes a few minutes for the horse to ease. By using magnets, the horse does not use up precious energy warming up.
Magnets applied directly to the problem area increase the circulation, flush away the toxins and eliminate pain or muscle spasm. Used for injuries to tendons, ligaments and bones magnets can reduce healing time by up to 33%. They are also used for chronic conditions like arthritis, and to reduce the risk of injury by warming up and cooling down the muscles, before and after exercise
Armadillo's Magnetic Rug allows you to position the magnets exactly where they are needed, enabling larger yards to purchase only a few sizes of rug to cover all their horses. They simply re-position the magnets for each horse's requirements.
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5th July 2003
Top names of the worldwide equestrian to San Patrignano
Further to the new CSI categorisation system approved by the International Equestrian Federation, the 7th International Championship of San Patrignano, scheduled to take place on July 18-20, 2003 in the equestrian centre of the largest community for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Europe, has become a CSI four-star event: qualification reserved to high technical level competitions with a consistent prize money.
Such a recognition is confirmed by the attendance of 47 riders representing 18 countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA.
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5th July 2003
Brumby Adoption Day At Glenworth Valley
13th July
Brumby Protection Group will be holding an Adoption Day at Glenworth Valley in Peats Ridge at 10am on Sunday 13th July 2003. The brumbies on offer are not just any brumbies, they are Walers, the war horses of World War 1 who have come from a property in the Northern Territory.
Six colts, four fillies and one adult mare will be offered for adoption with prices starting at $600. Please visit our website www.thebrumby.org for adoption and sale day rules. One very special foal will be made available only to Waler Society members, with applications accepted on the day. All other horses adopted through a lottery system.
These horses are some of the last free-roaming Walers left in this country, and all reports conclude they make calm and reliable mounts. All horses are offered halter trained. Please click here for further details
5th July 2003
New number for The British Horse Society Gold members' Legal Helpline
The British Horse Society announced today that its free legal helpline number, available for all Gold, Founder and Life members, has a new number with immediate effect. The new number to call is: 0870 900 2172.
Gold, Founder and Life members of the BHS are entitled to unlimited free legal advice from the BHS Legal Helpline. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is there to help members on any legal matter - not just horse related problems. Members simply have to call the number and quote their Gold, Founder or Life membership number to receive the benefit.
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5th July 2003
Ward and Engle Win Friday Features At 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 4, 2003—McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Speed Challenge and Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won the Nicola’s Restaurants Open Jump-off, Friday’s featured classes at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Ward was one of only three entries from the field of 19 in the Speed Challenge to finish the 14-jump, one-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds without penalty. His time of 67.657 seconds on Peter was the day’s fastest, giving him the win. Second place went to Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ who finished in 69.554 seconds on Sprite and Candice King of Wellington, FL was third with a time of 77.569 seconds on Casadora.
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5th July 2003

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
EUROPEAN YOUNG RIDER JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS LE TOUQUET FRANCE 2-6 JULY 2003
CSI-J LE TOUQUET FRANCE 2-6 JULY 2003
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5th July 2003

CSI**** Neuendorf (Sui) 10 - 13 July 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Kate Mead Based in Riaz, SWITZERLAND have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show.
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5th July 2003

CSI*** Moorsele (Bel) 15 - 27 July 2003
Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Claire McCarthy From Salisbury, WILTS, Lynne Van Heyningen From Westerham, KENT, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM
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5th July 2003

Show Jumping Results: European Young Rider Jumping Championships Le Touquet France 2 - 6 Jult 2003
YOUNG RIDER NATIONS CUP
1) GERMANY, 2) NETHERLANDS, 3) NORWAY, 4) IRELAND, 5) BELGIUM, 6) GT. BRITAIN, 7) FRANCE, 8) ITALY, 9) SWITZERLAND, 10) SWEDEN
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5th July 2003

Irish Home Pony International - Cavan Equestrian Centre 4 - 6 July 2003
The following 'English' riders have been authorised to participate at the Irish Home Pony International from 4 - 6 July 2003:-
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5th July 2003

CSIO**** Falsterbo (Swe) 10 - 13 July 2003
Update: Robert Smith is no longer able to compete at the above-mentioned show, therefore his place will be taken William Funnell From Dorking, SURREY
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4th July 2003

New British Standard for Wooden Saddle Trees
SYMMETRY is the main feature of the new British Standard for wooden saddle trees launched this week at the Walsall Leather Museum.
The idea for BS6635:2003 arose from a meeting called by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, involving remedial saddler Kaye Humphries, the Society of Master Saddlers, the Walsall Equestrian Society and BETA, together with representatives of the veterinary profession and the saddlery manufacturing and retail trades.

All agreed that the symmetry of saddle trees should be emphasised at every level from training to manufacture as an important factor in producing a well-fitting saddle.
Walsall tree makers took on the challenge of identifying the symmetry criteria - what should be measured and how. And a prototype measuring jig to test trees for symmetry was developed to very demanding tolerances.
The Saddlers' Company approached the British Standards Institute (BSI) with a view of incorporating this information into a new standard which has now been authorised and published.
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4th July 2003

ESS Join Forces With Dodson & Horrell
Equestrian Support Services (ESS), the UK's leading specialist in Equestrian breakdown services, has teamed up with Europe's leading feed specialists Dodson & Horrell, to offer an encouragement to new and existing members to pay by Direct Debit.
Starting on the 1st July 2003, all new and existing ESS members who elect to pay by Direct Debit will be offered three £10 Dodson & Horrell feed vouchers.
ESS, who support over 90,000 equestrian breakdown policies in the UK, hopes that the new promotion will see a 30% rise in the number of customers using the facility by the end of the year.
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4th July 2003
Cleveland Bay Demonstration at The Royal Show
TWO of the countries top Cleveland Bay stallions represented the Cleveland Bay Horse Society in a demonstration at the Royal Show.
The stallions were part of the Rare Breed Survival Trust demonstration which was aimed at increasing public awareness of Britain's heritage and the huge range of horses and ponies this country possesses.
The stallions were Whitehouse Sheriff bred by Mary and John Douthwaite, owned by Paul Heathcote and ridden by Michaela Brunning.
And Timberlane Huckleberry, bred by Sue Jeffries, owned by Linda and Peter Dallow and ridden by Donn Collins.
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4th July 2003

Hunting - what about the horses?
With the issue of hunting becoming ever more heated, one issue that is frequently overlooked is the plight of the horse. HorseWorld, in Whitchurch, Bristol, is concerned about the welfare implications of the current debate on horses in the South West.
HorseWorld is the South West's premier equine welfare charity, committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing horses, ponies and donkeys in need. Established in 1952, it is currently responsible for over 300 horses, of which 180 are based at its site in Whitchurch. HorseWorld also runs a highly successful Visitor Centre.
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4th July 2003
Olympians Kursinski and Engle Win Thursday Features At 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 3, 2003—Olympic show jumping riders Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ and Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won Thursday’s two featured classes at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Kursinski, a member of four U.S. Olympic teams, won the Pin Oak Farm Open Jumper Welcome Stake on Great Point. She claimed the win as the only entry among the field of 20 to complete the 15-jump course at the North Elba Showgrounds without penalty. Two-time Olympian Lisa Jacquin of Collegeville, PA placed second by finishing with the fastest four-fault ride, 81.753 seconds, on Justice.
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3rd July 2003
Book now for Show Jumping’s Christmas Cracker
To coincide with the opening of the Box Office on 7th July, the organisers of the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, 18th-22nd December, have announced a whole raft of exciting programme changes and innovations for this year’s show.
Olympia is the biggest prize fund of all the European World Cup Qualifiers (£234,000) and stages two top notch show jumping classes per performance, giving the audience the chance to see the very best horses and riders in the world giving their all in the pursuit of festive sporting glory.
The prestigious array of show jumping classes includes the UK’s only World Cup Qualifier which this year will be held during the Sunday afternoon performance (21st December), with The Masters now moving to Saturday afternoon (22nd December)*. The electrifying Grand Prix and The Puissance will also be among the Blue Ribbon events.
An exciting innovation in seating will give the very best view to the maximum number of people and an increased level of comfort and sound, with an oval or egg shaped seating system for the first time at Olympia.
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3rd July 2003

The Place To See And Be Seen
Ladies Day on Tuesday 8 July at the July Racecourse at Newmarket
Ladies Day, which kicks-off the three day July Meeting at Newmarket Racecourses, has become one of the highlights of East Anglia’s social calendar, mixing top class flat racing with the best and most elaborate fashions. Female racegoers are encouraged to show off their millinery, and elegant attire is essential if you want to be in with a chance of taking home the title of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.
This year’s competition is going to be tough. Anyone turning up in anything less than glamorous is unheard of, making the competition off the track almost as intense as that on it. 10 beautifully dressed ladies will be picked out amongst the crowds for their glamour, individuality and style by this year’s celebrity judge Emma Noble and asked to attend the judging ceremony that will take place in between the afternoon’s racing.
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3rd July 2003
Riding School : The ideal gift book for any child
A beautiful first book about horse riding to inspire and inform young readers and riders everywhere. Produced in association with THE PONY CLUB UK, this beautiful hardcover book uses contemporary photographs to create the excitement of a real riding school.
Riding School follows the experiences of young riders as they learn how to care for ponies and master basic riding skills safely and enjoyably. It provides all the information a young rider needs, from what to wear, how to groom a horse, stable care and different styles of riding.
The text is lively and concise - ideal for introducing children to practical riding skills. Riding School follows the publication of Ballet School and is the second in the DK “school” series of books, which combine information and imagination to inspire young readers.
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3rd July 2003
Equitana Asia Pacific - Melbourne
In just four months time, EQUITANA Asia Pacific converges once again on the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, in a huge equine celebration that Australians have come to love!
The 2003 competition program is set to be the most exciting and entertaining ever seen at EQUITANA, with a unique mix of events that are new to Melbourne audiences. Opening the event on Wednesday night is the Indoor Polo Skins Tournament, which is the first of its kind in Australia. Don’t miss this fast and action-packed game, with great entertainment to match!
A Dressage Spectacular is being staged on Friday evening, incorporating Australia’s best dressage riders, who will compete fiercely for world cup points in the Dressage Grand Prix KUR. A showcase of special guests, including Klaus Balkenhol, will be part of the evening’s spectacular entertainment.
Also catch the Cutting Series Grand Final, Reining, Barrel Racing, Saddlehorse, Combined Driving and World Cup Showjumping - all indoors, all in comfort, and all promising to inspire and excite!
Of course, the structure of Equitana remains what everyone loves, and that is simply - everything to do with horses under one roof!
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3rd July 2003
Fenland Bridleways Association's Grand Equestrian Indoor Boot Sale
On Saturday 26 July, Fenland Bridleways Association (FBA) are holding an Equestrian Boot Sale and Tack marking session at The Mission Hall, Wicken, Cambridgeshire. The sale is open from 2pm-5pm and everyone is welcome. All money raised will go to support local access projects.
Any one interested in trading on the day should contact Louise Fuller (tel: 01353 721756) in advance, as trading places are limited. Table prices are £15 plus £7.50 non-members and £ 3.00 FBA members.
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3rd July 2003

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3rd July 2003

Condios 3rd in Inaugural International Grand Prix
Condios, the 8-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by Morningside Stud in County Clare, placed 3rd in the first career international Grand Prix and, in so doing,
has qualified to compete in the upcoming European Championship.
At the CSIO-Drammen (Norway) last weekend, Condios and his rider Henrik Steen Gundersen placed 3rd in the Volvo Penta Norway Grand Prix. Out of a field of 49 starters, only Condios and four other horses jumped clear in the first round. In the second round's jump-off against the clock, the only clears were by the winner, Norway's Geir Gulliksen riding Clear Rounds Then Party (43.32 seconds), second place finisher John Whitaker riding Lactik Two (44.36), and Gundersen and Condios placing third (44.80).
Earlier in the weekend Condios and Gundersen placed in the Kingsland Trophy 1.50 metre class.
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3rd July 2003
McLain Ward Wins The Phelps School Open Stake To Kick Off the 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 2, 2003— McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won The Phelps School Open Stake to highlight opening day competition at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Thirteen of 33 entries qualified for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 14-jump first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. The first of these 13 to ride penalty-free over the seven-jump tiebreaker course was four-time Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ. Kursinski took a temporary lead when she finished the jump-off in 39.030 seconds on Sincere.
Peter Leone of Greenwich, CT, Kursinski’s 1996 Silver Medal Olympic teammate, moved her out of the lead when he finished the jump-off fault-free in 38.451 seconds. His lead held until Ward, a two-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year, mastered the course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur fault-free in 37.234 seconds. The final three entries in the jump-off failed to top Ward’s time, giving him the win. Leone’s time held for second place and Kursinski finished third.
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3rd July 2003

Meet the USET’s 2003 Pan American Games Dressage Squad
Gladstone, NJ—July 2, 2003—The squad of four riders plus one alternate who will represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, August 2-17, includes some new names.
The squad that emerged from the Cosequin USET Selection Trials at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ, includes: Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA; 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL; Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA; and Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH. Susan Dutta of Wellington, FL was named as alternate.
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3rd July 2003
American Warmblood Society® Sport Horse Performance Registry
A non-profit Corporation www.americanwarmblood.org
Sport Horse Seminar & Inspection
An Inspection & Branding will be held in a Sport Horse Breeding Seminar Format at Squirrel Creek Horse Ranch in Peyton, CO on Saturday, August 9,2003.
The American Warmblood Society's Inspections are offered in an educational format. The Initial Inspection is always FREE to AWS registered horses. Come learn about good Sport Horse qualities for performance and/or breeding through open evaluation.
The top three scoring horses (regardless of age) will receive the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. All designations receive a ribbon.
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3rd July 2003
Mrs F.D. (Katherine) Sinclair Passes Away
Mrs. F.D. (Katherine) Sinclair, world-renowned Saddlebred exhibitor and breeder of numerous World Champions, has passed away June 30 at her Tulsa, OK, home at the age of 82.
Born Katherine Quinlan in Oklahoma on June 4, 1921, her father, Charles Patrick Quinlan, was an oil businessman and aristocrat who started the family’s legendary Glenview Farm with a 700-acre parcel that she continued to add to throughout her life. Please click here for further details
3rd July 2003

Wilcox Named USET Athlete of the Month for June
Gladstone, NJ—July 2, 2003—Lisa Wilcox has been named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for June. Wilcox’s score in the Grand Prix CDIO helped lead the U.S. dressage team to earn the Silver Medal at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. Wilcox and Relevant earned an impressive 73.54% in the Grand Prix.
Wilcox earned a 77.04% in the Grand Prix Special to finish in second place. She was second in the Grand Prix Freestyle scoring 82.39%. This was one of the most impressive performances in U.S. dressage history.
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2nd July 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
MARKUS FUCHS IS THE NEW WORLD NUMBER ONE - The Swiss rider Markus Fuchs put a stop to Ludger Beerbaum's reign over the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings, which began in January 2001.
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RANKINGS - Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is still leading the FEI BCM World Dressage Rankings, with a slightly reduced score of 80.293 points. (80.396 last month). She won the Grand Prix of Aachen with 75.875%. Similarly to Jumping, the American riders have made remarkable progress:

FEI WALDFRIED EURO FUTURE CUP - Benjamin Werndl leads the rankings ahead of Jessica Werndl and Thamara Zweistra at the end of the outdoor season. By Birgit Popp, Germany
SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP SERIES : SWITZERLAND LEADS THE STANDINGS AFTER DRAMMEN - Switzerland is in the lead of the Samsung Nations Cup standings with 28 points after CSIO Drammen (NOR) which was held from 24 to 29 June. Runner-up is Spain, with 14 points, followed by Norway (13.5) points. The next event to count for the Samsung Nations Cup Series is CSIO 5 stars Falsterbo (SWE) to be held from 10 to 13 July.
FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP : MID-SEASON REPORT - It had been a longstanding ambition of the FEI's to establish a linked series in Eventing, the goal of which would be to develop the sport throughout the world. Thanks to the consistent efforts of the FEI Technical Committee, the FEI Eventing World Cup was launched with success in August 2002 at Gatcombe Park (GBR).
FEI NORTH AMERICAN DRIVING CHALLENGE - Fred Merriam (USA) is leading the FEI North American Driving Challenge for Singles, supported by Freedman's Harness and Driving Essentials, with 38 points, ahead of Kent Brownridge (USA) and Sue Mott (CAN). Fred Merriam finished first at CAI-A Blainville (CAN) which took place from 20 to 22 June.
INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN YEARS TROPHY - After last competition in Moorsele (BEL) on 29 June, Wim Vos (NED) is leading the Young Riders category of the Golden Years Trophy with 101 points, ahead of Johnny Stevens (BEL) and Ben Maher (GBR).
NEW FINANCE AND ADMINIISTRATION DIRECTOR - Mr Peter Osterman has joined the team of the FEI Secretariat on 5 May 2003.
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2nd July 2003
Leisure Riders Help Prove Worth Of Ex-Racehorses
SEIB competition attracting widespread interest
More than 300 entries have been registered for the celebrated South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorses to Riding Horses competition, more than half of them in the unaffiliated section.
"I think this does prove a point," said organiser Nicolina MacKenzie. "We have entries in all the affiliated disciplines, but I question whether having so many unaffiliated registrations doesn't prove the worth of ex-racehorses and make nonsense of the idea that they are difficult.
"Leisure riders dominate this area of competition and they are, after all, are very discerning. Their time away from the day job is very precious and even though many of them are good and experienced riders, they are not going to spend their energies in a pointless project."
"Racehorses to Riding Horses" is open to horses affiliated to the British Show Jumping Association, British Dressage, British Eventing and the British Endurance Society as well as those contesting recognised showing classes or unaffiliated competition run by The British Riding Clubs, Pony Club, Permanent Show Organisers Association or approved centre.
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2nd July 2003
Polypads® back a Royal winner
Leading Junior show jumper Sophie Broome, who has recently confirmed a sponsorship deal with PI Associates/PolyPads®, had a winning time at last week’s Royal Show. Riding her distinctive appaloosa Spottie dot com she won Monday’s AK Winter Classic competition and achieved equal third in Sunday’s Grand Prix. Sophie is hoping that these excellent results will secure her a place on the Junior European Team.
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2nd July 2003
British Team to contest Riding Club European Championship
British Riding Clubs are sending a team of six riders and two individuals to contest the Riding Club European Eventing Championship taking place at Minderhout, Belgium from 17 to 20 July.
The squad of eight, led by Chef d'Equipe Richard Waygood and Chef de Mission Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce, consists of:
Emma Mould and Lord Bertram (South Durham RC), Julie Hardy and The Ribble Rebel (East Midlands Dressage Group), Kate Scott and A Touch of Dutch (South Devon RC), Alison Lidstone and Creevagh George (South Oxfordshire RC), Fiona Muirhead and Rose's Double (Kilmacolm RC), Samantha York and Tia Maria (East Midlands Dressage Group), Sara Deary and Shiver St. George (Sunniside RC) and Natasha Eastwood and Indigo Night (Holme Valley RC), The two non-travelling reserves are Jane Rock and Mystic Legend (Reigate & District RC), and Erika Green with Galbaly Prince (Wilmslow RC).
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2nd July 2003
Choisir To Run In The Darley July Cup
Star Australian sprinter Choisir, trained by Paul Perry, was today given the go-ahead to run in the Group One Darley July Cup on Thursday, July 10, at Newmarket.
Trainer's son Shannon Perry, who has been supervising the colt's training at Geoff Wragg's Newmarket, England, stable, reported that Choisir had come on for his historic Royal Ascot double in the Group Two King's Stand Stakes and Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes last month. ‘He runs next week and is a bit tighter and more race fit as the Darley July Cup will be his third run back,’ said Perry junior. ‘Johnny Murtagh will ride him again and I'm hoping to win. I don't know what else he needs to do now to prove his (European champion sprinter's) title, the others are going to run out of races to catch him soon.’
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2nd July 2003
Athlete Representation Selected For U.S. Equestrian Board
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ – July 1 - As required by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the newly formed United States Equestrian Federation Board must include at least 20% representation by eligible Athletes on its Board and certain committees. There are two seats for each of the Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Jumping, one seat for each of the FEI disciplines of Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting, one seat for a Paralympic athlete and one seat to be held by the USOC Active Athletes Committee Representative.
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2nd July 2003
34th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show Comes to Dramatic Close
Marilyn Little Wins $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid
Lake Placid, NY—June 30, 2003—The 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, which began on June 25, came to a spectacular conclusion on Sunday, June 29. Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, won the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy with her victory in the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid, a member event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA).
Little, 21, gained her seventh Grandprix win with two fault-free rides and a jump-off time of 42.832 seconds. Little, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University on May 19, was one of seven entries from the starting field of 29 to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump first-round course designed by 1996 Atlanta Olympic course designer Linda Allen.
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2nd July 2003

Athlete Representation Selected For U.S. Equestrian Board
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ – July 1, 2003 – As required by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the newly formed United States Equestrian Federation Board must include at least 20% representation by eligible Athletes on its Board and certain committees. There are two seats for each of the Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Jumping, one seat for each of the FEI disciplines of Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting, one seat for a Paralympic athlete and one seat to be held by the USOC Active Athletes Committee Representative.
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2nd July 2003
Varsity Equestrian Championships To Air On College Sports TV
The second Varsity Equestrian Championships, held April 18 at Texas A & M University’s Dick Freeman Arena in College Station Texas, will air on the College Sports TV (CSTV), July 3, at 8 pm (ET) and August 1, at 11 pm (ET).
Teams from several conferences battled for the Hunt Seat Team Championship, the Western Team Championship and the Overall Team Championship. This program, presented by the American Quarter Horse Association, will include clips from the Hunt Seat and Western competitions as well as interviews with riders and coaches from various attending schools.
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1st July 2003
Lecture Tour Unravels Feeding Confusion
WANT to know the latest information about feeding your horse but worried that it will leave you even more confused?
Don't despair, thanks to equine nutrition specialists TopSpec Equine and Masham Micronized Feeds help is on hand this autumn.
A nationwide series of evening lectures have been planned which will include talks by equine nutrition lecturer Dr Derek Cuddeford from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University, Simon Parker from Masham Micronized Feeds and Nicola Tyler from TopSpec Equine.
Derek will talk about 'Keeping the Balance Right'. He will explain how understanding the horse's digestive system makes it easier to feed correctly. Simon will look at recent developments in processing straights like Speedi-Beet, while Nicola will lift the lid on the feed bin providing advice on how to feed horses in a way that suits their digestive system. She will outline how straights such as alfalfa, sugar beet and cereals can be combined with either feed balancers or supplements to feed different types of horses and ponies very successfully.
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1st July 2003
Absorbine Bug Defence Program
Most of us look forward to summer - long hacks down leafy lanes and horses basking in grassy fields and warm sunshine - but no sooner does the weather improve than out come the bugs! Flies are particularly attracted to you and a cloud of insects seems to follow you everywhere, spoiling the idyllic dream. You need a proper bug defence program from Absorbine!
Supershield Green® is an all-natural spray that provides a safe and effective alternative to chemical fly spray. It conditions the skin and coat while soothing insect bites and minor skin irritations. The fresh herbal scent is derived from the list of natural ingredients including citronella, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, witch hazel, tea tree, lavender, pine needle, aloe and lanolin. Public concerns about "chemicals" in products have promoted the development and introduction of fly sprays using only "natural" ingredients (usually herbs) and Supershield Green contains the essential herbs that are reputed to have repellent action. Although herbal fly sprays should not be expected to last as long as chemical formulations, tests have proved efficacy for up to six hours.

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1st July 2003

Horse Abuser Escapes Jail for Breach of Ban on Keeping Horse
At Hyndburn Magistrates Court, Accrington, Lancashire today, Monday 30 June, Allan Clynch, of 6 Barn Meadow, Gt Harwood, Lancs, was before the bench for sentencing following a conviction earlier this month, for breaching a ban on keeping horses.
Following a complaint received by the ILPH on 3rd March 2003 about an abandoned pony in Alan Ramsbottom Way, Gt. Harwood. ILPH Field Officer Chris Williamson was sent to investigate and he found the abandoned pony, known as Frankie, a 13 hh bay 7 year old stallion, which was removed to ILPH Penny Farm near Blackpool for safe keeping.

Subsequent enquiries revealed that the owner of the pony, Allan Clynch, who had been keeping Frankie in his garage prior to abandoning him, had been banned from keeping horses for 3 years in May last year.
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1st July 2003

Matthew Straker Resigns
Matthew Straker has resigned from the BEF after four years as Equestrian World Class Performance Director, due to personal reasons.
Appointed in 1999, Matt produced the sport's first long term World Class Performance, Potential and Start Plans, attracting over £8.5m of Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England.
He was at the vanguard of the establishment of a performance culture in equestrian sport, and a support structure of Performance staff, integrated with UK Sport, UKSI, EIS, BOMC, and BOA for Great Britain's World Class riders.
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1st July 2003
Irish Sport Horses competing well in Norway and Canada
The Drammen, Norway CSIO****, from June 27th to 29th last, found Irish Army riders Capt. Gerry Flynn and Lt. Shane Carey jumping to success again. Rincoola Abu (ISH) was ridden by Capt. Gerry Flynn (IRL) to win both Fridays Lena Maskin Trophy (1m40) class and Saturdays Felleskjopet Speed Derby 1m40 class, in which Conor Swail (IRL) and Windgate Mystique (ISH) took second.
Over in Canada meanwhile, Irish Sport Horses have been well represented at Spruce Meadows recently.
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1st July 2003

U.S. Will Not Participate in FEI World Pairs Driving Championship
Gladstone, NJ—June 30, 2003—The United States will not send a team to compete in the 2003 World Pairs Driving Championship, to be held in Jardy, France. The Executive Committee-Subcommittees and officers of both the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE) approved the decision of the Driving Selectors to not field a team for this year’s championship.
The Selectors gave consideration to placings at Selection Trials, reviewing competitive records in head to head competitions among long listed drivers (giving most emphasis to recent performances and scores) and giving consideration to the previous international experience of driver/horse combinations and the prospect that the combinations will contribute to winning a team medal and/or an individual medal.
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1st July 2003
Hampton Classic Hosts Annual Corporate Sponsor Workshop for more than 100 at Tavern on the Green
Marketing Intensive Session Focused onReturn on Sponsorship Investments
Bridgehampton, NY—June 30, 2003—More than 100 representatives of nearly 60 corporate sponsors of the Hampton Classic Horse Show attended the 2003 Sponsor Workshop, Monday June 24 at Tavern On The Green in New York City. Entitled “Maximizing the Return on Your Hampton Classic Sponsorship,” the five-hour session was hosted by the Classic’s Executive Director Anthony F. Hitchcock.
“For eight years we have hosted these workshops to provide sponsors with ideas on how they can utilize the Hampton Classic to market their products or services,” Hitchcock noted at the end of the session. “Virtually everyone in attendance has come up to me and said how they came away with new ideas that should give them an even better return on their sponsorship investment! It’s a great way to introduce new sponsors to our event and to recognize the efforts of our long time partners.”
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1st July 2003

USET Names Squads for FEI World Combined Driving Pony Championships
Gladstone, NJ—June 30, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has named two squads to compete in the first-ever FEI World Combined Driving Pony Championships, to be held this September in Karlstetten, Austria.
In accordance with the selection criteria, the following two teams have been named, each consisting of a single, pair and four-in-hand combination, and alternates in ranked order. The members of the squad are: Single Pair Four-in-Hand : Team A Miranda Cadwell Tracey Morgan Katie Whaley :Team B Sara Schmitt Allison Meyer Esther Wright (leased team) : Alternates Jack Wetzel Allison Stroud (no alternate four-in-hand)
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1st July 2003

USET Awards Amanda Warrington Fund Grants To Jessica Moore and Kristin Schmolze
GLADSTONE, NEW JERSEY—June 30, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has awarded Amanda Warrington Fund Grants to Jessica Moore of Aiken, SC and Kristin Schmolze of Montville, NJ.
The Grants are made available to Eventing riders who participate in the USET Eventing Developing Rider program. Grants come from a fund established by the family of the late Eventing rider Amanda Warrington.
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30th June 2003

The Holyrood
Toggi reveals its true colours
As we welcome the lighter evenings and warmer days, we can also look forward to peeling off the layers to reveal an inspiring and refreshing new top-to-toe image from country clothing brand Toggi.
Toggi's exciting range of t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, knitwear and legwear incorporate brand new products and colours, inspiring everyone to step out in a rainbow of vibrant colours, whether simply out in the country or looking for a chic city style.
T-shirts are a Spring and Summer must-have and Toggi gives you more than your usual basic garment. New for 2003, its range includes the Balmoral, a ladies lycra short sleeved t-shirt with V-neck and semi fitted styling, available in a single or double colour option combining purple, hot pink, buttercup, lavender/strawberry and ice blue/lavender.
If it's a polo shirt you're after, then Toggi's Holyrood, a ladies 100% cotton brushed pique polo shirt, fits the bill. Distinct colour contrast edging sets this shirt apart with a ribbed collar and cuffs, a raglan style sleeve and side vent splits.
Teaming up with the tops is Toggi's range of legwear, launched with some new colours and additions to the Spring/Summer range.

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30th June 2003
Marilyn Little Wins $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid To Close 34th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—June 29, 2003—Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD rode Hertel Landman to victory in the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy to close the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
Little, 21, gained her seventh Grandprix win with two fault-free rides and a jump-off time of 42.832 seconds. Little, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University on May 19, was one of seven entries from the starting field of 29 to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump first-round course designed by 1996 Atlanta Olympic course designer Linda Allen.
The fifth to try the eight-jump, jump-off course at the North Elba Showgrounds, Little rode Hertel Landman, owned by her family’s Raylyn Farms of Frederick, MD, with daring. Her time moved her ahead of two-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year McLain Ward of Brewster, NY who wound up second with a time of 43.563 seconds on Hurricane and Sydney Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL who placed third with a time of 44.197 seconds on Hidden Creek’s Perin. The jump-off featured an unusual format where faults were converted to penalty seconds which allowed riders with a rail down to try make up the additional time and still have a chance to win.
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30th June 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Breen Wins Charleville
A TECHNICAL course at Charleville Showgrounds proved too difficult for most of the 16 Grand Prix entrants today (Sunday), with the result that only Shane Breen on <Luandra> managed a clear first round.
However, under Grand Prix rules, 25 per cent of the first-round runners-up were allowed to compete in the second round. This, however, led to a two-rider contest between Tipperary's Breen and Limerick's Joan Green, each of whom now had two horses in the second round.
But it was Breen who was the best of the day, incurring just four faults in the second time out, to take the Grand Prix title on <Luandra>, with Joan Green on Eileen Mulconroy's <Sceal Eile> failing to catch Breen on time, though she managed a clear second round.
The remaining places in the jump-off were shared by the two riders, with Green taking Third and Breen Fourth.
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30th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO Drammen Norway 24 - 29 June 2003
Class 5, Comp 5 Felleskjopet Speed Derby
1) Rincoola Abu; Flynn, Capt. Gerry (IRL), 2) Windgates Mystique; Swail, Conor (IRL), 3) Ussul; Schmidt, Heiko (GER)
Class 6, Comp 6 Bertel O. Steen Trophy
1) Tomgar Rocky; Dreher, Hans-Dieter (GER), 2) Laughton's Lass; Carey, Lt Shane (IRL), 3) Landmina; Goodin, Bruce (NZL)
Class 7, Comp 7 Volvo Penta Norway Grand Prix
1) Clear Round's than Party; Gulliksen, Geil (NOR), 2) Lactik Two; Whitaker, John (GBR), 3) Condios; Gundersen, Henrik (DEN)
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30th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Geesteren Netherlands 27-29 June 2003
RABOBANK PRIJS, International Jumping Competition Speed- and Handiness 1.40m
1) BALABOESKA R; Jeroen DUBBELDAM (NED), 2) GOLDSTAR; Andreas KNIPPLING (GER), 3) GINGER WATT; Dermott LENNON (IRL)
JAN BOOMKAMP PRIJS, Accumulator with Joker against the clock 1.45m
1) MAMOUCHA; Carry HUIS IN 'T VELD (NED), 2) MORFEE; Angelique HOORN (NED), 3) NICKY; Marc BETTINGER (GER), 4) FALBALLA CORUBER; Trevor COYLE (IRL)
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29th June 2003
Conditioning and Stretching for the Rider
Copyright Scot Hansen 2003, www.horsethink.com
As we enter into the summer season, the desire to ride outside increases as the days get longer and the sun shines warmer. No matter where you are, summer will probably give you the “itch” to increase your riding. Along with this increase in riding will be an increase in the demands placed on the muscles used by you and your horse.
Several things take place during this time of increased activity. The most common is that we tend to ride more often and to take longer rides. This extra demand on you and your horse can add up to sore muscles for both of you. How do we deal with this? There is nothing that quite works the “riding muscles” like riding itself; however, there are a few things that we can do for ourselves that will help prepare us so that we can minimize injury and discomfort. And the most important of these is stretching.
Yes, stretching can do a lot to loosen up the winter tightness and to ensure that the muscles are able to accept the increase in work as a friendly companion instead of feeling like it’s an all out assault. While we don’t use lots of “muscle strength” when riding, we do use quite a bit of muscle tone. One way to increase that tone is to stretch, bend, and reach. The usual stretches for most sports will be a good start, but then there are a few that we can add that are more specific to our sport.
After doing some of the more familiar stretches such as a toe reach, side to side bend, cherry picker, hurdler stretch, etc. we can add some of additional stretches from our riding position.
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29th June 2003
Show Off And Extreme: Natural Horse Feed Supplements From Brookwick-Ward
Equine specialist Brookwick Ward has launched two new complete and natural balanced food supplements for horses - Show Off and Extreme.
Show Off and Extreme are complete and natural balanced food supplements for horses to be used as part of a regular diet, Unlike some feed additives which are administered solely to boost performance and can lead to withdrawal symptoms, Show Off and Extreme contain only natural vitamins and minerals and are Food Standard Agency approved.
Show Off is a vitamin boost for the show and performance horse. Regular competition can take its toll on the animal while the amount of traveling required between events can also have a detrimental effect on the horse's feeding regime, making it difficult to keep them interested in their food. Show Off improves appetite, provides an energy boost for competition and also helps improve skin condition leading to healthier, shiny coats.
Extreme is a horse food enhancer designed specifically for the racehorse. It acts as an appetite stimulator and contains the natural vitamins and minerals upon which racehorses depend. Extreme helps improve a horse's work energy from high polyunsaturated fat and following a strenuous workout, or race, speeds up the recovery rate. Owners also find that with Extreme the horse's eating habits improve along with improved coat and skin condition.
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29th June 2003
Complete Horse Riding Manual By William Micklem
Publication Date: 7th August 2003 # Price: £25.0
In this fabulously informative and practical handbook William Micklem shares his 30 - year knowledge of riding and training to explore every stage of the riding process. Illustrated in full colour throughout, Complete Horse Riding Manual provides expert advice and tuition for riders and horse enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience.
Each chapter includes specially commissioned photographic sequences and artworks to illustrate riding techniques, exercise programmes and training schedules for horse and rider. With this book you can learn how to ride, how to train, and develop your horse and how to excel at dressage, showjumping, and cross - country riding.
William Micklem is a superb coach and has vast experience of training and understanding riders and horses. His innovative thinking and inspirational teaching are evident in this extraordinary book, which highlights the need for mental as well as physical preparation and inspires readers to work towards the perfect horse and rider partnership.
Riders of all ages and standards will benefit from the invaluable advice and tuition in this excellent one - stop reference manual, which is destined to become a classic book on riding techniques for all horse lovers.
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29th June 2003
Marilyn Little Wins Hilton Resort Jump-off at 34th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—June 28, 2003—Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD rode Champigny to victory in the Hilton Resort Jump-off Saturday at the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
Little was one of only five entries from the field of 25 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. She then completed the six-jump jump-off course fault-free in 29.202 seconds to take the win away from Sydney Olympic veteran and seven-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL who had been leading with a clean ride and a time of 30.892 seconds on Hidden Creek’s Wapino.
Little and Engle are among the 31 entries scheduled to go in Sunday’s $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy, the culminating event of the 2003 Lake Placid Horse Show. Prior to the Grand Prix, Sunday’s schedule features the Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic and the Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, both member events of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series which determines junior and amateur-owner entries for the 2003 National Horse Show. The Juliam Farm Lead Line class and C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions will then be held immediately before the Grand Prix which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
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29th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSIO Drammen Norway 24 - 29 June 2003
Class 4 Samsung Nations Cup of Norway, 1.50
1) NORWAY, 2) AUSTRIA, 3) SWEDEN, 4) IRELAND, 5) GT BRITAIN, 6) DENMARK, 7) SWITZERLAND, 8) GERMANY
Klasse 2, Comp 2 Kingsland Trophy, Table A 1m50
1) Ussul; Schmidt, Heiko (GER), 2) Henzo; Etter, Daniel (SUI), 3) Rabondi Z; Hafskjold, Jan Auen (NOR)
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29th June 2003

Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Rolestown Sees First Courtney Win
LINDA COURTNEY has been a consistent performer on the Kerrygold Grand Prix League circuit this year, but today (Saturday) saw her first 2003 victory, at Rolestown in Co. Dublin. With a substantial field of 34 starters, and beautiful weather, nine riders and horses made it through to the jump-off, with Linda and her own <Cavaleve> showing everyone a clean pair of heels in a second-round time of 35.72, just shading Harry Marshall on <Splendido>, who came in fractions of a second slower.
There were only four double clears in today's competition, and the winner and runner-up were well ahead of the other double clears on time.Though the First and Second places at Rolestown do not bring either Courtney or Marshall into the Top Six in the Kerrygold Leaderboard, they are now just a few points behind, with Linda at Seventh and Harry at Eighth, showing 25 and 23 points respectively.
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29th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Norten Hardenberg Germany
Audi Championat von Norten-Hardenberg, Second Qualification for Grand Prix 1m55
1) FEIN CERA; Peter WYLDE (USA)
2) L.B. POZITANO; Beat MANDLI (SUI)
3) OLYMPIA; Michel ROBERT (FRA)

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29th June 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Geesteren Netherlands 27-29 June 2003
BMC PRIJS, International Jumping Comp. Table A against the Clock 1.40m
1) VDL GROEP MISTIEKE; Leopold VAN ASTEN (NED)
2) BIAGIOTTI; Leon THIJSSEN (NED)
3) VERELST KRISIA; Marc DIJCK VAN (BEL)
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