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News Headlines 17th July 2004

BHS in Industry concern over Riding School insurance premiums
The British Horse Society (BHS), ABRS and representatives of the insurance industry met Defra minister Alun Michael today (15 July) to discuss the increasing burden of insurance premiums falling on equestrian establishments.

BHS Chief Executive Graham Cory told the minister that, in an industry operating on such tight margins, premium hikes can mean the difference between solvency and failure. And if riding schools continue to decline in number then eventually this will deprive the UK of top-level competitors.
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Show Jumping - Ireland Fourth In Aachen Nations Cup
IRELAND today (Friday) continued its slow climb back from possible relegation in the Samsung Super League, with a very creditable fourth place at the prestigious Aachen Nations Cup in Germany.
The Irish team of Cian O'Connor (Waterford Crystal), Marion Hughes (Heritage Fortunus), Jessica Kurten (Quibell) and Kevin Babington (Carling King), all potential Olympians, added to points gained by the Irish Nations Cup team in Rotterdam last month, reversing the downward trend of the first three legs of the League.
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USEF Announces Eventing Team for 2004 Olympic Games
The United States Equestrian Federation announced today the Eventing team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
~ “The riders on the short list from which the team was selected are a very talented group,” said US Eventing Team Coach Mark Phillips “Those selected for the team are the best of the best, however, they will find the competition in Athens very tough and a big challenge.”
The team and the alternates will ship to England on July 19th to train with Phillips. On August 10th the team and one alternate will ship to Athens. The alternate going to Athens will be named on August 9th. The Eventing competition in Athens takes place August 15th through 18th. The dressage takes place on August 15th and 16th; cross country on August 17th; and stadium jumping on August 18th. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Smyth Wins At Vichy
PETER Smyth from Strabane, Co. Tyrone, was the only Irish rider to claim a place on the opening day of the three-star show at Vichy, France, today (Friday).
Riding <Western Fairway>, the defending Irish national Grand Prix League champion held off a challenge from France's Simon Delestre in the Accumulator class, finishing a second-and-a-half ahead on time. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - O'Connor Again Second At Aachen
CIAN O'Connor kept up his scorching rate at Aachen today (Friday) with another second place in a speed class, this time riding his 10 yr-old bay mare <Irish Independent Annabella>.
The 24 yr-old Olympic shortlisted rider had a second place yesterday (Thursday) with <ABC Landliebe>, and a speed class win on Tuesday, also with Landliebe.
Kevin Babington, who jumps alongside O'Connor in today's Nations Cup competition at Aachen, took a tenth place in the speed class, with <Sydney>. Please click here for further details

CSIO**** Kecskemet (Hun) 13 - 15 August 2004
James Wingrave From Daventry, NORTHANTS, Ellen Whitaker From Barnsley, SOUTH YORKS, Claire Robertson From Oakham, LEICESTERSHIRE, Ben Maher From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSIO***** Gijon (Esp) 28 July - 2 August 2004
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS Phave been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
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CSI* & CSI*** Cortina (Ita) 23 - 25 July 2004
James Wingrave From Daventry, NORTHANTS has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSI* Bethune (Fra) 23 - 25 July 2004
Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Ireland Second To Jump In Aachen Nations Cup
IRELAND will be the second of eight teams to jump in today's (Friday) vital Super League Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany.
Chef d'Equipe Ned Campion has announced the jumping order of the Irish team today. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 16th July 2004

ILPH Welcomes Proposed New Animal Welfare Bill
The ILPH welcomes the publication of the Draft Animal Welfare Bill (yesterday Wednesday, 14 July) and is looking forward to the protection it should provide in the future for all animals, especially horses and ponies.

Comments Jo White, Head of Political and European Affairs at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "We wholeheartedly support the Government in their move to improve the UK's antiquated animal welfare laws. It shows that they are taking the important issues of animal welfare seriously."
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Feeding Older Horses
Have you got an older horse or pony that needs some extra care when autumn and winter come along? Then pick up some handy feeding tips from Hickstead Horse Feeds nutritionist Christine Smy from the article below.
Many elderly horses do well during the summer months, particularly when there is plenty of 'Dr Green' to eat, with older horses with loose or missing teeth managing to chew and digest the young grass shoots relatively easily. Grass is an excellent source of digestible fibre, and the general 'walking about' exercise in the field will keep arthritis at bay.
But, later in the summer, problems may start to appear. Once the grass has flowered and seeded, it becomes tough and lignified, and the digestibility and nutritional value lowers on a daily basis. Please click here for further details
Make Sure It's A Good Summer For Your Dog This Year - National Microchipping Month - August 2004
Following the success of last year's National Microchipping Month, the Kennel Club will be co-ordinating the second National Microchipping Month in August. The campaign will be run throughout the United Kingdom to encourage and promote responsible pet ownership through microchipping as the preferred method of permanent identification.
Back in the pet calendar due to popular demand, this important campaign hopes to ensure customers are aware of the importance of microchipping their pets so should their pet go missing over the long hot summer days reunification is an option when the pet is found. It is also an ideal time to highlight the importance to customers of keeping their details up to date on the national database and this campaign will be highlighting the possible problems that could occur if a lost pet is found and its owner cannot be traced. Please click here for further details

Olympic rider reveals the secrets of his success
How an evening with former Olympic dressage team member Emile Faurie at Sheepgate Equestrian proved an inspiration for local riders . . .
Emile Faurie, one of Britain's leading international grand prix riders and former double Olympic team member, provided a rare insight into his successful training techniques at a well attended lecture/demonstration at Sheepgate Equestrian last week.
During the evening, Emile, who rode three of his top horses currently based at his yard in Gloucestershire, explained the importance of consistent correct dressage training and demonstrated techniques to encourage horses to work to the best of their abilities.
"I like to try and keep things logical," he said. "My aim is to explain things in simple terms to the horse because he's the one who has to understand what I'm asking for and feel confident that he can achieve it.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
15 July 2004

- Samsung Super League 5th leg in Aachen - FEI World Challenge Final - Endurance Nations Cup in Newmarket - Endurance Veterinary Seminar in New market - News from Athens: accreditation center now opened - European Junior Eventing Championship in Pratoni de Vivaro - European Pony Championship Preview - World Breeding Championship for Young Horses preview - European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors in Vilhemsborg
- Silver Camera Award - Preview San Patrignano CSI
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BETA Supports Your Horse Live
BETA will be out in force at this year's Your Horse Live with an even bigger presence.
As well as sponsoring the Best Stand Awards, the association is also playing a major part in a new initiative at the two day event, Gear Guide Live.
This new concept will include talks, discussions and advice on a number of aspects including hat and body protector fitting, rug fitting, what not to wear, and saddle fitting advice in a question and answer style format. Please click here for further details

Livestock Incidents Highlight Farmers' Responsibilities
Two events this week have led to the CLA issuing a reminder to farmers and horse owners of their legal responsibility to make sure that their animals do not escape onto a public highway.
In Yorkshire a farmer was held liable for the injuries to a motorcyclist who was injured in a collision with one of his cattle that had escaped from a field after someone had left open a gate. Lord Justice Potter ruled that the farmer was under a duty "to guard against the carelessness or malice of those who may leave the gate open" and found in favour of the motorcyclist despite the farmer's appeal. Please click here for further details

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League 2004 - British Get The Best Of The Draw In Aachen............
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Great Britain will be last to run in tomorrow’s fifth leg of the 2004 Samsung Super League in Aachen, Germany.
The draw was held this afternoon and the order of go for the competition, which begins at 1.30pm, is as follows:
1, France; 2, Ireland; 3, Belgium; 4, USA; 5, Germany; 6, The Netherlands; 7, Italy; 8, Great Britain.
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Cambrian Garages steps in to save the BHS Cymru Horse ambulance
Cambrian Garages, Aberystwyth, have secured the future of The British Horse Society (BHS) Cymru horse ambulance, for the rest of the season, by generously donating a brand new Land Rover Defender with which to tow the ambulance.
The horse ambulance, which was bought out of funds raised by the Principality and is serviced, supported and maintained by volunteers, provides an invaluable service to the welfare of horses at shows and events. Please click here for further details

Gorky Gallops To Grand Prix Win As Woodside Summer Circuit Concludes
Woodside, California. Sharn Wordley loves the shows at Woodside. Not only did he make a clean sweep of the major jumper classes, he finished one-two-three in the $20,000 Golden Gate Grand Prix (July 10, 2004). Five horses were clean over Jamie Alder’s course; Wordley rode three of them. He was first to go in the jump off on Cody and the grey gelding blazed around the course in a time of 34.554, but they dropped the rail at the final oxer. “He’s a clean jumping horse,” said Wordley, “but he got just a little flat on that long gallop and had it behind.” Please click here for further details

Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows Complete Most Successful Year Ever
Lake Placid, NY—July 15, 2004—The 2004 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows were the most successful in the shows’ 35-year history. Record turnout, record sponsorship, and non-stop fun in the Adirondacks sent everyone home happy. Added in was the excitement of mixing with a variety of celebrities including actresses Glenn Close and Alfrie Woodard, rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, and TV news hosts Paula Zahn and Lou Dobbs.
“Our goal in Lake Placid is to put on the best horse shows anywhere and to make sure that everyone has fun,” said Lake Placid Horse Show Chairman Richard M. Feldman. “We have a family party in Lake Placid and we call it ‘Everyday’ because everyday is a family party at the Lake Placid Horse Shows.”
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Chili Cook-Off Heats Up HITS-On-The-Hudson
SAUGERTIES, NY (July 15, 2004) Equestrians will not be the only ones vying for prizes this summer at the new HITS-On-The-Hudson 200-acre site in Saugerties, New York. On Saturday, July 31, twenty of the country's finest chili chefs will arrive with their chili peppers in tow to compete in an officially judged Chili Cook-off.
Armed with a culinary arsenal of family secrets, special recipes and plain old ingenuity, these professional chefs intend to make this event red hot as they compete for the opportunity to advance to the national cook-off, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada later in the year. Recipes will be judged on taste, consistency, aroma, color, and bite. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Super 3rd For Kurten At Aachen
Ireland's Jessica Kurten nabbed some valuable prize money as well as a few useful world ranking points by taking 3rd place in the Nordrhein Westfallen campetition at this afternoon's (Thursday) five-star meeting in Aachen, Germany.
The Irish rider was one of only six first time clear rounds from the high-class field of 41 starters. Riding Castle Forbes Maike, she got through the jump-off with four faults in a time of 40.56, and slotted into third behind the only two jump-off clears, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany.
The result adds to yesterday's win by Cian O'Connor in a speed class on ABC Landliebe, and shows the Irish squad in determined mood ahead of tommorrow afternoon's crucial Samsung Super League Nations' Cup event. Please click here for further details

Minister Answers : Open Access Will Not Cost Landowners
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has welcomed a statement by Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael, which seemingly calms fears that a financial burden would be placed on the providers of open access land under Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
In his response to a question tabled by James Gray MP, the Minister stated: "There is no obligation on landowners to incur any expenditure in respect of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. He goes on to state that the responsibility for infrastructure such signage, footbridges and gates is entirely the responsibility of the local authority. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - O'Connor Second At Aachen
A single fence down today (Thursday) robbed Ireland's Cian O'Connor and <ABC Landliebe> of their ninth speed class victory in Europe this season.
Jumping at the 5-star show in Aachen, Germany, O'Connor was the fastest on time, but four seconds added for the knocked fence left him adrift of Belgian winner Ludo Philappaerts by just over three seconds. Without the fence down, <ABC Landliebe> would have taken the winner's rosette by just under a second. Please click here for further details

Learning About Horses
Grand Cypress Equestrian Center and Success Is Easy have joined for a “hands on horses” learning program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies degree.
The degree program is completely online, and while students work with horses, they do not get “in person” riding instruction. During school or after graduation, students are encouraged to attend the world-class British Horse Society “approved” Grand Cypress facility in Orlando, Florida, for all skill levels of riding instruction.
Success Is Easy provides the curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree which is awarded by Breyer State University. Please click here for further details

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI* CHESTER GREAT BRITAIN 16-18 JULY 2004, CSI4* SAN PATRIGNANO ITALY 23-25 JULY 2004, CSI4* LA CORUNA SPAIN 22-25 JULY 2004, CDI2* FRYS GREAT BRITAIN 4-7 AUGUST 2004, CEI3* ALFRED’S TOWER GREAT BRITAIN 7 AUGUST 2004, CSI4* ASCONA SWITZERLAND 30 JULY-1 AUGUST 2004
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News Headlines 15th July 2004

Change Of Dates For Scottish Equine Fair
The Scottish Equine Fair will take place at the Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2004. Organisers, Contour Exhibitions & Events felt that the October dates would suit the visitor to the event better with such great distances being travelled at an already busy time of year prior to Christmas. The Scottish Equestrian Association are endorsing the event and will be there alongside the British Equestrian Trade Association providing information to its members and welcoming new members to the fold. The Supreme Equine Arena will host Scotland's very own Andrew Hamilton internationally acclaimed showjumper the awe inspiring Amanda Saville and her chariots. Popular demand brings back the team from the Parelli Natural Horsemanship to the Scottish Equine Fair to educate and entertain the visitor to the show.
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Racecourse Supports West Country Home For Retired Racehorses
THE annual Countryside Day at the Greatwood centre for retired racehorses in Wiltshire is to be sponsored this year by Bath Racecourse.
And visitors to the centre in Marlborough on Sunday 29 August are to be given a special discount with the programme into Bath Racecourse's own Countryside Day in the autumn.
Greatwood is one of three homes in Britain which specialise in the retraining and rehabilitation of retired racehorses.
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Olympic contenders named for RIHS Nations Cup squad
Britain's two individual showjumpers named for the Olympic Games will be competing on the British team in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.
Nick Skelton and Robert Smith will be part of the five-man squad bidding to retain the title won last year. The remaining members will be Mark Armstrong, Richard Davenport and Robert Whitaker. Please click here for further details
Launch Of The Draft Animal Welfare Bill
The most comprehensive modernisation of laws on domestic and captive animals for a century was introduced in draft today by Ben Bradshaw, the Animal Health and Welfare Minister.
The new law will introduce a new duty of care on pet owners to look after their pets properly, in accordance with good practice, and will, for the first time, define what constitutes cruelty. It will consolidate and modernise over 20 pieces of animal welfare legislation relating to farmed and non-farmed animals
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British Horse Society announces new sponsorship for Approved Livery Yard scheme
The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to announce a new sponsor for its successful Approved Livery yard scheme. G.I. Hadfield & Son Ltd., the company that manufactures the totally unique, premium quality dust free, bedding easibed, has joined continuing sponsors South Essex Insurance Brokers, and, new for 2004, Rag-Fork in support of improved horse welfare.

Announcing the sponsorship agreement BHS Head of Approvals Chris Doran said, "I am delighted that easibed has agreed to sponsor our scheme. Since its launch in July 2002 there has been huge interest from clients, proprietors and the media alike, and we now have over 220 approved livery yards registered with several more being processed. With their dedication to improving horse welfare, through the use of totally dust free bedding to ensure horses or their grooms are not breathing in harmful spores, dust or other contaminants, easibed is an ideal company to be linked with the livery yard scheme."
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The Blood-Horse Launches New Electronic Edition
LEXINGTON, KY-- Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916, has officially launched The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition: a complete and revolutionary new digital edition of The Blood-Horse Magazine , the Thoroughbred industry's leading weekly news and information Magazine . The Blood-Horse is the second North American equine publication to offer an electronic edition. In May, The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, also published by Blood-Horse Publications, launched an electronic edition.
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News Headlines 14th July 2004

Scottish Equine Fair Gives 50% Off Admission Cost To Pony Club Children
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the inauguration of The Pony Club, Contour Exhibitions are giving a special offer to all Pony Club children in Scotland. The Pony Club children who book their tickets in advance with a minimum number of 10 child tickets purchased will get their tickets at HALF PRICE - £2 instead of £4.
The Scottish Equine Fair takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October, put these dates in your diary, at the indoor Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh from 9.30am - 5.00pm.
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Pippa gets a new partner for Eventing GP
The Tourmaline Rose, Pippa Funnell's regular partner in the Ford Ranger Eventing Grand Prix at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, will not be among the starters this year.
The mare, on whom Pippa has won the event three times, is in foal to the stallion Mayhill. Instead, Pippa - making her last appearance before Athens - will be riding the stallion, Viceroy II, owned by Hickstead Show Secretary Lizzie Bunn and her mother, Sue.
Olympic eventing team member Sarah Cutteridge is among the starters, together with previous winners Gary Parsonage and Andrew Nicholson as well as Blyth Tait, Bumble Thomas,Tina Cook and husband and wife Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks. Please click here for further details
Henselwood Claims“Spruce Meadows North American Championship” TM
Calgary, AB: After settling for a second place finish in the “Spruce Meadows Canadian Championship”TM at the National Tournament in June, Canada’s Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON) laid claim to the “Spruce Meadows North American Championship”TM presented by CN this past weekend in Calgary.
Henselwood has been enjoying premier competition at this year’s summer tournaments at Spruce Meadows. With consistent results in the four Section II Open competitions at the North American Tournament this past week, Henselwood and her ten year old Oldenburg gelding Special Ed, were presented with the championship, along with a $15,000 bonus from CN, the use of a 2004 Chrysler vehicle for one year, courtesy of DaimlerChrysler Canada and $5,000 in Esso gasoline.
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Wins On Aachen Opening Day
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor kept up his unrivalled run of 2004 speed class victories on the opening day of the five-star event in Aachen, Germany, today (Tuesday), with a win on <ABC Landliebe>.
Just over a second faster than runner -up, USA's McLain Ward, O'Connor was jubilant about the performance of his ten year-old bay mare, who has given him a series of firsts in Europe this year.
<<This was my first ever win in a class at Aachen,>> he said afterwards, <<and I am absolutely delighted with the mare.>>
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Absorbine Sponsors Leslie Lange, AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year AQHA World Champion and Trainer
Absorbine Sponsors World Champion
Leslie Lange, American Quarter Horse Association World Champion and recently chosen AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year, is to be sponsored by Absorbine, the brand of W F Young Inc, the US manufacturers of grooming and horse care products popular throughout the UK.
When it comes to the preparation and turnout of horses and riders for competition, western riding is hard to beat. Traditionally America's most glamorous equestrian sport, the top competitors pay attention to every detail and rely only on products they can trust to ensure their horses are immaculate. Please click here for further details
SPANA Exhibits At Houses Of Parliament
SPANA raises awareness of vital role of animal welfare in developing countries worldwide
London, UK, 13th July 2004 - SPANA, the Society for the Protection of ANimals Abroad, is holding an exhibition from the 12th to the 16th July in the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness of its work around the world amongst MPs, the political community and the thousands of people who visit the Houses of Parliament every day.
SPANA's exhibition is situated in the Upper Waiting Hall of Committee Corridor and is being sponsored and opened by Tony Banks MP, a well known animal welfare activist. It displays SPANA's work in Morocco, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, Ethiopia, Jordan, Iraq and Syria and highlights the crucial role that SPANA plays in local economies by caring for working animals and educating the local population in the treatment of them. Please click here for further details
Danvers Ford Schooling Field Summer Series
Equitation & Jumper Show

Presenting Sponsor Schooling Field in South Hamilton, MA
All Classes to be held on the Jumper Classic Grand Prix Field
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Show Jumping - Kurten Eighth On First Day Of Aachen
S2- STAWAG-Prize
1) GOLDFEVER 3; Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
2) TINKA'S BOY; Markus Fuchs (SUI)
3) FIRST DE LAUNAY*HN; Florian Angot (FRA)
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News Headlines 13th July 2004

Horses Need Holidays Too!
Do you like lying around on the beach reading novels? Or do you like a holiday with your best friends, one that's a bit of an adventure and a bit of a challenge?
If so, then look no further. UK Chasers and Riders - a national membership organisation providing off road riding and competitions throughout the year - have set up 'Holidays with your Horse', a programme whereby you can stay in delightful accommodation throughout the UK and Ireland and spend your days exploring the countryside with your horse.
Many places offer route maps and tips for great places to go and some will even provide you with homemade lunches to keep you going all day!
What could be more perfect for your summer break?
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Best Royal Show Since '99
The Royal Show has increased its attendance record for a second year in a row over four days at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with a total of 161,410 people passing through the gates.
Last year's attendance figure of 159,533 was surpassed despite an unsettled weather forecast and severe weather warnings, delivering the Show's best attendance figure so far this millennium.
Managing Director of show organisers, Haymarket Land Events, Dominique Loral spoke for the whole organising team saying: "I am delighted with the results of this year's Royal Show. In particular the livestock numbers were the largest since foot and mouth and everyone during the event agreed that the quality of livestock was superb. Please click here for further details
Historical Week End "Romans In Britain"
Saturday and Sunday 24 & 25 JULY 2004
10.30AM TO 3.30PM
“BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE”
The programme has been painstakingly researched to depict a real period in history with authentic costumes and props. Continuous “Fun” and entertainment for all the family.
A fundraising event for the resident horses at Northcote Horse Centre, Great Steeping, SPILSBY, LINCS.PE23 5PS 01754 830286
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Farmkey Supports Horse Welfare
Farmkey, the leaders in Equine Security has raised £3,000 for the International League for the Protection of Horses.
The money, which has been raised over the last year, will go towards the rescue and rehabilitation of a horse or pony at Penny Farm, the ILPH Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre near Blackpool.
Farmkey raised the money by donating a percentage of the cost of each horse or pony freezemarked last year as part of the Farmkey 25th Anniversary.
The money raised will be used to cover the costs of a horse's rehabilitation at the centre and Farmkey will follow its progress throughout.
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Samsung Super League 2004 - All Set For Aachen.............
The fifth leg of the Samsung Super League 2004 takes place in Aachen, Germany this Friday and looks set to be a real thriller.
Aachen has long been one of the most prestigious shows in the entire equestrian calendar and with reconstruction of the venue underway ahead of the World Equestrian Games which will take place there in September 2006 the facilities just keep improving.
Nations Cup jumping was first staged in Aachen in 1929 when a team from Sweden reigned supreme and over the following years the World Jumping Championships have been held there twice – in 1956 and 1986 – while it was also the venue for the European Jumping Championships in 1958, 1965 and 1971.
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Americana, September 8 - 12, 2004:
US-Star Tim McQuay presents Footworks Finest
Win a Breeding by Footworks Finest (by Hollywood Dun It) - for only 1 Euro!
Americana is approacing fast. Europe's number 1 western riding event (Augsburg, September 8-12, 2004) offers both superb sport and finest entertainment. No wonder even top stars like Tim McQuay are coming. The Texan who is one of five million-dollar-riders takes American Quarter Horse stallion Footworks Finest with him.
Footworks Finest has won more than $ 75,000,-- in reining. His progeny is already very successful as well. Footworks Finest is All-Time Leading Reining Sire Hollywood Dun It out of an own daughter of Great Pine. Tim McQuay will present the stallion during the evening show "Reining Night" on September 9.
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Belgian Olympian Eric Flameng Flies to Finish in $60,000 Grand Prix du Quebec at CSI-W Blainville Jumping International
Blainville, Quebec --- Belgian Olympian Eric Flameng emerged victorious in the $60,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier held Sunday, July 11, to cap off the CSI-W Blainville Jumping International in Blainville, QC.
From a starting field of 22 riders, five mastered the track set by Belgian course designer Eugene Mathy to advance to the jump-off. First to challenge, Chris Pratt stopped the timers at 41.14 seconds in the jump-off, a time that would prove to be the fastest, but a rail down cost the 35-year-old rider from Terra Cotta, ON, four faults. Pratt was aboard the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Markant, for owner Susan Grange and would finish in eventual third place.
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Bjorn Ikast Wins Colorado Horse Park $25,000 Grand Prix
Parker, CO – Riders from over 30 states, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Denmark and New Zealand converged in Parker, CO during the second week of the 2004 Colorado Horse Park Summer Circuit. “We are thrilled with this year’s attendance. The event is at capacity,” said show organizer Charlotte Skinner. “This show offers wonderful international competition. Everyone really enjoys this series.”
Besting a field of 33, Bjorn Ikast of Mexico City, Mexico turned in a fast double clear round to win the $25,000 Grand Prix. One of only four riders jump clean over Scott Starnes’ challenging first course, Ikast and his 11-year-old Russian Stallion, I.Z.’s Lifetime mastered the derby field’s terrain, lengthy course and technical questions. Please click here for further details
Irish Sport Horses Results
IIrish Sport Horses claimed second and third positions in the $175,000 Chrysler Classic Derby (1m60) class at Spruce Meadows yesterday (July 11th). These were McGuinness (ISH) ridden by Rich Fellers (USA) to take second with Hilton Flight (ISH) and Richard Spooner (USA) following one place behind them in third. It was a busy weekend for these horses who also competed in the Lafarge Cup (1m50) $40,000 class which finished with McGuinness (ISH) and Rich Fellers (USA) taking second and Hilton Flight (ISH) ridden by Richard Spooner (USA) in sixth. Please click here for further details
New countryside code gets nfu thumbs up
The NFU has offered the new Countryside Code its full endorsement and hopes its principles will be adopted by both farmers and walkers when the new open access rights are introduced on National Walking Day, September 19th.
On September 19th open access rights will be granted in the south-east and lower north-west regions of England under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act. Please click here for further details
Omega Angel, Trotting Champ with a Halo of Victories, To Shine in UNBRIDLED Spotlight
SCHEDULE CHANGE
UNBRIDLED Begins New Season July 24 : Due to a scheduling error, the first episode of UNBRIDLED will air Sat., July 24, 6:30 to 7 a.m., on the Capital Region CBS affiliate WRGB-TV 6, and on radio station 87.7 FM. It was originally scheduled to air Sat., July 17. We apologize for the change.
He’s “hot to trot” in the harness racing circuit. His name is OMEGA ANGEL (Sire Taurus-Border Angel), the three-year-old gelding, who last year set a track record at Yonkers Raceway, broke it the following week, and won the 2004 Sire Stakes in Goshen, NY, earlier this month (July 4, 2004).
UNBRIDLED will feature OMEGA ANGEL on an all new episode July 24, 6:30 to 7 a.m., and again July 25, 11:30 a.m. to noon, on New York’s Capital Region CBS affiliate, WRGB-TV 6. The show will air nationally in August on Horse-TV (see www.horsetv.com for schedule).
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News Headlines 12th July 2004


Photo Credit – Actionpix - Warren Liebmann
Kaiser de la Cour Claims Six-Year-Old Division in the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series
Barrie, Ontario – Kaiser de la Cour reigned supreme as the winner of the Six-Year-Old Division in the 2004 Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series held July 2 at the Cornerstone Farms II Horse Show in Barrie, ON.
The 2003 National Champion in the Five-Year-Old division, Kaiser de la Cour topped a field of his peers to win the prestigious Six-Year-Old title for owner Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON. As the last of eight horses to return for the jump-off, Kaiser de la Cour, a striking selle francais stallion by the Narcos II son, Verdi, had four faults in the fastest time of 35.45 seconds over the tough test set by course designer Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico. Please click here for further details

Noel Edmonds to outline BHS vision for the future
The British Horse Society will hold a press conference at the Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, on Friday, 23rd July at 11 a.m. in the Media Centre. This will be followed by light refreshments.
The Society's new President, Noel Edmonds will be joined by the Chairman, Patrick Print FBHS, and Chief Executive, Graham Cory.
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Hits Hat Trick At Falsterbo
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor notched up his third individual victory at Falsterbo, Sweden today (Sunday), winning the final of the seven year-old class, the Trivselhus Cup, with the chestnut mare, <Echo Beach>.
The Trivselhus Cup is the major Scandinavian trophy for seven year-old horses, and Co. Meath-based O'Connor (24) scored a definitive victory, bringing the Clover Echo mare over the line more than two seconds ahead of Swedish runner-up Peder Fredrickson on <H&M Colleen>. O'Connor had also won the Trivselhus Cup qualifier on Saturday, and with <ABC Landliebe> he was the winner of the opening day's speed class at Falsterbo. Please click here for further details

Joan Jacobs Wins Lake Placid Lodge WIHS Adult Jumper Classic To Close 27th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 11, 2004—Joan Jacobs of East Aurora, NY rode Nero Van Het to victory in the Lake Placid Lodge WIHS Adult Jumper Classic on the final day of the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
The huge starting field of 61 horses saw 23 qualify for the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. Of those 23, eight then rode fault-free over the seven-jump tiebreaker course. Of those eight, Jacobs and Nero Van Het had the fastest time, finishing in 29.635 seconds to claim the win. Placing second was Patricia Kobble of Califon, NJ who finished the jump-off fault-free in 31.081 seconds on Quendolline.
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Show Jumping Result : IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Swail Storms Through At Ballina
ANOTHER demonstration of grace under pressure by Conor Swail earned him the winner's rosette at the Super League show in Ballina today (Sunday).With Andrew Dunlop leading the field with <Cruz Forever>, and with Swail's other horse collecting eight faults in the first round, the Malahide-based rider was last to jump on <Drumagoland Flight> and once again shaved fractions of a second off his predecessor's time, much as he had done at Ennis yesterday (Saturday).
An elated Swail, who now sees his score in the IJM TimberFrame Grand Prix league break through the magic 100 barrier, said afterwards: <It was a strong, technical track, and the ground was good, and I am absolutely delighted to win here today. The horse was magnificent.>
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Chris Pratt Claims $20,000 Desjardins Challenge at CSI-W Blainville International
Blainville, Quebec --- Chris Pratt claimed the $20,000 Challenge Desjardins Modified Grand Prix held Saturday at the CSI-W Blainville Jumping International in Blainville, QC.
A total of 19 contenders took to the grand prix field in an attempt to win the $20,000 Desjardins Challenge with six advancing to the jump-off over the test set by course designer Eugene Mathy of Belgium. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - McMahon Second At Falsterbo
CLEM McMahon kept up the Irish pressure at the four-star event in Falsterbo, Sweden today (Sunday), with a second place in the 1m40 speed class.
Riding the nine yr-old bay stallion <Hermes de Reve>, Monaghan-born McMahon was less than half a second behind New Zealand winner Duncan McFarlane.
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Show Jumping Kurten Ninth In Geesteren Grand Prix
JESSICA Kurten was the best of the Irish with a ninth place in today's Geesteren Grand Prix.
Riding the ten year-old bay mare <Castle Forbes Maike>, Kurten was clear to the jump-off, but was then unlucky to knock a single pole, which negated her excellent second round time of 40.39. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 11th July 2004

Adventure & Discovery Holidays In The Yorkshire Dales
Get active with the new series of themed short breaks in Nidderdale - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). *You can take a walk through a lead mine, experience cycling off road, build and sail your own raft, learn how to survive with bush craft skills, explore the world underground, see the landscape from a different perspective with rock climbing and horse ride through beautiful countryside you*ll never forget *, said Paul Burgess, Nidderdale AONB Officer.
If that sounds too energetic you can take it easy. Choose one of the mind, body and spirit experiences, delve into fascinating history on a heritage weekend, spend time observing some of Britain*s most interesting birds or get some top tips from the experts on one of the photography weekends.
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Adaccio scores another first in Search for a Star
Jill Browning, from St Peter Port, Guernsey, bought her 17.2hh gelding for Dressage and qualified for the British Dressage Regional Finals on their first outing. Now, with a substitute rider after Jill was injured, Adaccio has achieved another first.
The horse, a half brother to double European Eventing Champion Pippa Funnell 's Supreme Rock, gave rider Karen Wellings her first taste of Working Hunter classes - and took one of the places in the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star final at this year's Horse of the Year Show.
They qualified at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford, the second in five of this year's selection days in the well established competition designed to give amateur owners and riders their chance to compete at the national show, which will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
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A Century Of Innovation
In its centenary year, TJ Booth is not the kind of company to rest on its laurels! Moving with the times, they strive to keep abreast of modern technologies - a progressive attitude that has certainly paid off, over the years. The company is now proudly extending the benefits of their forward thinking to all their customers!
The Co. Tyrone based company has now installed the Bluegrass Kiosk, an incredibly easy-to-use system that helps customers and merchants get the correct feeding advice at the click of a mouse.
The Kiosk's software - supplied by Bluegrass itself - guides the customer through a series of simple step-by-step questions to produce a comprehensive feed analysis that they can print out and take home. If that wasn't enough, the Kiosk also gives customers access to an in-depth library of over 6,000 papers of scientific research, nutrition and horse management! Please click here for further details
Flying Frenchman Yann Candele Receives Warm Welcome at CSI-W Blainville Jumping International
Blainville, Quebec --- Yann Candele of France proved why he is called ‘The Flying Frenchman’ with a win in Friday’s $15,000 ‘Casino de Montreal’ Open Welcome Stake at the Blainville Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC.
Candele had two horses among the 13 that advanced to the jump-off over the track set by Belgian course designer Eugene Mathy. The times grew faster and faster as each rider attempted to capture the win, but it was Candele who could not be beat. Riding Nurejev, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON, Candele stopped the timers at 41.35 seconds to take the victory. Please click here for further details
Todd Minikus Wins $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grandprix at 27th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 10, 2004—Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL rode Gardenio to victory in the $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grandprix at the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
Minikus was one of eight entries from the starting field of 25 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 17-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. The first of the eight to return for the eight-jump tiebreaker was Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who was trying for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Hermes I Love New York Grandprix. Engle set a tough mark to beat by going fault-free in 39.478 seconds on Hidden Creek’s Perin, her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Kurten Wins At Geesteren
IT has been a winning weekend so far for the Irish in Europe. Jessica Kurten took the total wins to four when she snatched the Eurocommerce Prize from Holland's Piet Raymakers and British ace John Whitaker at Geesteren, Netherlands, today (Saturday).
Riding her eight year-old bay mare <Castle Forbes Libertina> Kurten, shortlisted for the Athens Olympics, shaded Raymakers by just a tenth of a second, but it was good enough to take the prize.
Earlier at Geesteren, Ireland's Dermott Lennon had taken the 1m 40 speed class, while at Falsterbo, Sweden, 24 yr-old Cian O'Connor added a 7 yr-old class win today to his speed class win on Thursday. Please click here for further details

Ainsley Vince Scores Victory in $75,000 CN Grand Prix
Bromont, Quebec --- Ainsley Vince of Milton, ON, scored victory in the $75,000 CN Grand Prix held Sunday, July 3, in Bromont, QC.
A 24-horse starting field contested the grand prix, with nine going clear over the course set by Quebec’s own Pierre Jolicoeur to advance to the jump-off. Riding her long-time partner, Catch 22, Vince laid down another clear round in a time of 44.06 seconds to overtake the lead from Yann Candele of France, but three riders known for their speed were still to follow – fellow Canadians Eric Lamaze and Mario Deslauriers as well as four-time Olympian Manuel Torres of Colombia. While all three had clear rounds, none were able to come close to catching Vince’s time. Please click here for further details
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Show Jumping Result - IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Swail Stretches Lead With Ennis Win
IN a thrilling jump-off at the Co.Clare Grand Prix in Ennis today (Saturday), Co. Down's Conor Swail consolidated his IJM TimberFrame league lead with a narrow win over Capt. Shane Carey.
Both riders had two horses in the five-man jump off, and the recently promoted Captain Carey swept into the lead with <Lismakin>, and also pinned the runner-up spot with <Laughton's Lass>. But Swail, who had a fence down with Drumagoland's Flight in the second round, made no mistake with his other mount <Conduct>, making a classic turn back at fence eight to shave fractions of a second off Carey's time
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Show Jumping - Lennon Wins At Geesteren
WORLD Champion Dermott Lennon scored an Irish win at the four-star fixture in Geesteren, Netherlands, today (Saturday) with the 12 year-old bay gelding <Athletico 26>.
Lennon won the Innovadis Prize with a time of 60.18, fractions ahead of runner-up, Germany's Lars Nieberg.
Earlier this morning Neal Fearon, who has been enjoying a very consistent run of top ten places at the Dutch show, slotted into sixth place in the 1m40 B Group speed class, riding <Cermit 3>. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - O'Connor Wins Again At Falsterbo
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor recorded his second individual victory at Falsterbo, Sweden today (Saturday), winning the seven year-old class with the Clover Echo chestnut mare, <Echo Beach>.
Yesterday, O'Connor (24), who is shortlisted for Athens, was one of the Irish team that took joint second place in the Swedish Nations Cup, and on Thursday won the MCR Cup speed class at Falsterbo with <ABC Landliebe>. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Lennon Fifth At Geesteren
WORLD Champion Dermott Lennon was unlucky to have a single fence down in the jump-off at Geesteren's 1m45 class in the Netherland's today (Saturday).
His time of 41.91 on the 14 yr-old gelding <Impact> would have beaten eventual winner Leon Thijssen of the Netherlands, but Lennon's four faults still put him in the prize money with a fifth place. Please click here for further details

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