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9th August 2003

Samsung Super League News : Plus Ca Change!
Despite all the predictions that the home side would come out on top, it was the longtime Samsung Super League leaders from France who reigned supreme to claim the Aga Khan trophy for the second year running at Dublin Horse Show today.
Irish Chef d’Equipe, Tommy Wade, was not happy with the performance of his team which finished equal third with Holland behind Britain in runner-up spot and was brutal in his criticism afterwards – "the horses were good enough but the riders weren’t, they threw it away" he said.
Wade is a difficult man to please even when things are going well, but yesterday that "luck" which he says always plays such a big role in the end result just did not go Ireland’s way. The French however did not need any luck at all. They were, once more, just too good for the rest of them.
They already held the lead at the halfway stage after clear rounds from Florian Angot (First de Launay), Christian Hermon (Ephebe For Ever) and Michel Hecart (Quilano de Kalvarie) but they were not alone as the Dutch, at last beginning to show the kind of form usually expected of them, matched their zero total.
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HorseWorld Launches New Video Presented by Tony Head
HorseWorld's Visitor Centre will launch its new video, presented by local actor Tony Head, on Thursday 14th August 2003.
The new video will be shown every 15 minutes in HorseWorld's Audio Visual Theatre, and highlights the equine welfare work of the charity. The Visitor Centre provides a great day out for the whole family, but the video carries a serious message about the cost and implications of owning horses.
Chris Kemp, Visitor Centre Manager said, "We wanted to provide a video for our visitors which showed the welfare work of the charity. Horses are relatively inexpensive to buy, but very expensive to look after - especially if they become ill. We want visitors to really consider all the options before they buy a horse. Hopefully our video will help to raise awareness of equine welfare issues at the same time as entertaining visitors. Tony Head is a great presenter, and we're delighted that he agreed to help us". Please click here for further details

Apprentice Masterclass
Stubbing Court Training, the provider of equestrian training throughout Derbyshire is celebrating the success of its second Masterclass, supported by Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council. The Masterclass took place over two days in July, at Barleyfields Equestrian Centre, Etwall. The trainer for the Masterclass was Ian Stark OBE, Great Britain's four times Olympic silver medallist, three times winner of the Badminton Horse Trials, European champion, and selector for the British team.
During the Masterclass, participants improved their practical skills and underpinning knowledge of world-class training techniques, riding, lunging, jumping, specialist care of event horses up to Olympic level, and yard management. Participants included 80 apprentices and employers involved in Stubbing Court Training's Modern Apprenticeship programme.
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Gatcombe and RDS success for Irish Sport Horses
The Gatcombe British Open Championship (August 1st-3rd) found half of the top ten final placings taken by Irish Sport Horses. Moon Man (ISH) and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) took second place with Shear L’Eau (ISH) ridden by Leslie Law (GBR) finishing fourth. The Wexford Lady (ISH) ridden by Sarah Cutteridge (GBR) came in sixth, while Shear H2O (ISH), also ridden by Leslie Law (GBR), finished eighth followed by Captain Christy (ISH) ridden by Kristina Cook (GBR) in ninth.
In Showjumping, Dublin Horse Show week has started well for Irish Sport Horses. The International Speed Stakes class on Wednesday, August 6th, finished with first, second and third going to Windgates Mystique (ISH) ridden by Conor Swail (IRL), Gerry Maguire (ISH) ridden by Robert Smith (GBR) and That’s Life (ISH) ridden by Michel Hecart (FRA) respectively. In the Irish Sports Council Classic class on Wednesday, Splendido (ISH) and Harry Marshall (IRL) took fourth place and Chippison (ISH) ridden by Marie Burke (IRL) finished seventh. Last weekend, the €10,000 Dun Laoghaire Grand Prix was won by Laraghlease Western Desert (ISH) ridden by Steven Smith (IRL).
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Mexico City’s Armando Hassey and Kosmanta Win $10,000 Mini Prix At the Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—August 08, 2003––The Vermont Summer Festival, concluding its fifth and final week this Sunday, reached its culmination with the Vermont Summer Celebration.

The Celebration’s $10,000 Mini Prix had 20 horse-and-rider combinations competing over a Buddy Brown designed track. Of those 20 horses, five turned in fault-free rides and then returned for the timed jump-off. Three horses produced double clear rounds and speed was the deciding factor. Armando Hassey of Mexico City and Kosmanta finished on top after their round was just 0.52 seconds faster than second placed Makkelijk with Deb Shegog riding.
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Del Mar International Horse Show begins 4th season, Sept 25 - 28
DEL MAR Fairgrounds --- The Del Mar International Horse Show, September 25 - 28, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena, in San Diego; will showcase the athletic prowess, skill, and agility of some of the best Hunter/Jumper equestrians in the nation.
This is the fourth year the world-class equestrian event will be held in the Del Mar Arena, and will feature an F.E.I. World Cup Qualifier event, the $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix, on Saturday, Sept 27; beginning at 7 p.m.
Other major competitions during the Del Mar International include the fun and popular $5,000 Mary's Tack and Feed Double Slalom "Knock Out" competition on Friday, Sept. 26; and the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic on Sunday, September 28th.
The first major contest during the Del Mar International is the $5,000 Mary's Tack and Feed Double Slalom "Knock Out" competition on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. This event is unique to the International. Two riders will compete at the same time over identical courses of not more than eight obstacles. The winner of each pair will move forward to succeeding rounds, until the competition is complete. Each fault during the match is penalized :03 seconds. This exciting and highly competitive event is free and open to the public.
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Show Jumping - Ireland Joint Third In Aga Khan Trophy
THE SUN never really broke through the afternoon heat mist in the main arena at the RDS Dublin today (Friday), and Irish hopes of a victory in the Aga Khan Trophy also failed to brighten when the first three riders posted four faults apiece, Billy Twomey adding a time fault to his penalties, and anchorman Kevin Babington incurred an uncharacteristic eight faults.
Ireland entered the sixth leg of the Samsung Super League series as firm favourites, running just half a point behind leaders France, but as each Irish rider clipped a single fence in the first round, the sense of disappointment from the capacity crowd became almost palpable.
At the halfway mark Ireland were lying joint Fifth with Sweden, while France and the Netherlands shared pole position on zero faults apiece.
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Three United States Dressage Riders in Top Ten at 2003 Pan American Games
Santo Domingo, DR- August 8, 2003- Three U.S. Dressage riders are in the top ten following the Intermediaire I at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Two U.S. riders are in medal contention going into Sunday’s culminating Intermediaire I Freestyle. Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA riding Feleciano, owned by New Horizons Dressage LLC is and Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH on Lucky Tiger owned by St. Jacques and Lisa Belcastro.
Ebeling is the highest U.S. rider and the best shot for a medal in fifth place overall with a combined score of 137.800. Ebeling dropped from third when he received of 67.750% in the Intermediaire I, placing him in sixth place for the day. Teammate St. Jacques is just behind Ebeling in sixth overall with 137.800, but St.Jacques seems to be improving ending up fifth for the day with a score of 68.450%. Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, riding her Much Ado is in tenth place with 131.750 and Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA and Kantor finished with 128.800 in 13th place.
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Dublin Horse Show - McMahon Shares Six-Bar Victory, Mullins Takes One and Two
SIX BAR, International Jumping Competition
=1) EQUITOP DE MOYON; Philippe LE JEUNE (BEL), =1) GELVIN CLOVER; Clement MCMAHON (IRL), 3) CIM CHRISTO; Andreas RIPKE (GER), 4) GERRY MAGUIRE; Robert SMITH (GBR)
THE EQUESTRIAN WORLD OF MAYNOOTH, 128 cm National Championship
1) CHOMBA WOMBA (Owner Vincent McIntyre); Daniel MULLINS (IRL), 2) BALLINACOLA (Owner Vincent McIntyre); Daniel MULLINS (IRL), 3) SPRINTERS MAGIC (Owner Annette Brennan); Jennie BRENNAN (IRL) Please click here for further details

8th August 2003

FEI Eventing World Cup News
The coming weekend will be a busy one for Eventing as two qualifiers of the FEI Eventing World Cup will be held in Strzegom (POL) and Moscow (RUS) from 8 through 10 August.
The 13th leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup will be held in the Polish town of Strzegom (Lower Silesia, South-Western Poland). The event has EUR 25,000 as prize money. Twenty-five riders and 34 horses representing Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland and Sweden are expected to take part in it.

The 14th leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup will be held in at the Planernya Equestrian Club in the Russian capital. The event is organised by the Russian Equestrian Federation in cooperation with the State Sports Committee and the Moscow Area Governor's Office. It is sponsored by the Moscow Trade Union Federation. The total prize money is USD 10,000 with USD 3,000 going to the winner.
Ten riders and 14 horses representing Russia, Belarus and Ukraine will take part in it. All of them will be making their World Cup, except for the Russian Larisa Borisova who competed at Bonn-Rodderberg last May but did not earn any points. The presence of the 20-year old Aliaksandr Faminou of Belarus, who recently won the CCI* Minsk, should be noted.
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Coveted British Horse Society Horsemastership Trophy goes to French groom
Raphael Chateaulan, groom to top International showjumping rider Michel Robert of France, won this year's British Horse Society Horsemastership Trophy at the Royal International Horse Show, held at Hickstead (23-27 July). The coveted award, highly prized among the showjumping grooms at the show, is presented to the groom who, in the judges' opinion, has done most to ensure the highest welfare and turnout standards for their charges.
The BHS Horsemastership Trophy has been part of the Royal International Horse Show since it became the Society's flagship event over 50 years ago. Spot checks take place throughout the show taking into account the general fitness and condition of the horses, turnout, which includes grooming, saddlery and equipment, and the turnout and general manner of the groom. Horses are seen in their stables and when they are competing to give an overall view. Attention to detail can win or lose the trophy and this year, with the typical English summer weather conditions turning the showground into a sea of mud, this aspect was more important than ever.
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Olympia Show Jumping Entry Changes
Changes to the FEI’s World Cup Jumping Rules mean that the National Show Jumping entries for this year’s Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (18th-22nd December) will be through the Ranking List only for the top 10 riders.
In the past the organisers have been able to take, in addition to the top 10 on the BSJA rankings list, the three highest placed British riders at a special October fixture known as The Olympia Qualifier and latterly run at Addington. Qualifiers from this show, who would not otherwise have been seen at the main event at Olympia in recent years, have included the likes of Liz Edgar, Keith Shore, Ellen Whitaker and Nick Skelton.
Olympia Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “At Olympia we can play host to a total of 38 riders due to space for the stables, lorries and time for the classes. The new rules have upped the number of foreign competitors we have to have from 21 to 28 leaving us with 10 British riders to host.”
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British Horse Society appoints new training and examinations manager
The British Horse Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Margaret Linington-Payne as its new Senior Manager responsible for Examinations, Training and Approvals. 51-year-old Mrs Linington-Payne is an experienced equestrian instructor and competitor and comes to the BHS following three years as academic manager at Hartpury College.
The post covers a wide remit with the main purpose to manage and co-ordinate the activities of the examinations, training and approvals departments in order to meet the demands of the Society's growing membership, as well as maintaining the high standards of the world renowned professional BHS qualifications.
Mrs Linington-Payne is highly qualified to fulfil the role with an MA in education, a BA Honours Degree, a Cert.Ed. and is a BHS Instructor. She has worked for nearly ten years in the Middle East in the academic profession having a variety of posts in management and teaching.
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Dr Ian Dunbar - Seminars 2003 timetable
One day Seminars will be taking place as follows:-
Evening Lectures - 7pm-10pm "Dog Behaviour & Training Problems"
Day Seminars - 9am-5pm "Off Leash Training"
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Dublin Horse Show - Swail Wins Again
CONFIRMING that he is a force to be reckoned with, Conor Swail from Co. Down took another class at the Dublin Horse Show today (Thursday) following his win in the opening day's Speed Stakes.
Riding Barry O'Connor's <Double Diamond>, the Crossgar man took the Grade A competition in the late afternoon sunlight, fractions of a second ahead of Marion Hughes, riding Miguel Bravo's <Oh Jessie>.
Earlier in the day he had come second to Cian O'Connor in the hotly-contested international Speed Derby, riding Edward Cawley's <Windgate's Mystique>, but made sure of victory in the last class of the day, riding a foot-perfect double clear.
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U.S. Wins Dressage Gold Medal at 2003 Pan American Games
Santo Domingo, DR- August 6, 2003– The United States successfully defended its Championship title from 1999 by winning the Team Gold Medal in dressage by the slimmest of margins with a score of 206.550 at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Canada won the Silver scoring 206.300 and Mexico came in third for the Bronze with a score of 195.350 just slightly ahead of the home team of the Dominican Republic with a score of 194.850.
The U.S. bested eight other nations, the largest equestrian contingent in the history of the Pan Ams, for top honors.
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Dublin Horse Show - Irish Dominate Speed Classes
TEMPERATURES rose even higher at a sunbaked RDS today (Thursday) but the heat did not seem to affect the speed of Irish riders, who ran riot in the two big classes at Dublin.
In front of near-capacity crowds, tomorrow's Aga Khan team-mates Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor produced two classic rounds to take the No. I spots in the Power and Speed and Speed Derby competitions, respectively.
But the Power and Speed also saw Irish riders take Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth slots, while in the Speed Derby only France's Michel Hecart and Italy's Roberto Arioldi managed to elbow their way into the top six places.
Co. Armagh's Harry Marshall led the Power and Speed class on <Splendido> from early in the day, but Cork's Billy Twomey, riding <Anastasia> and sixth last to jump, delivered a poised, textbook, round that shaved just under a second off Marshall's time, to clinch the class.

Kildare's Cian O'Connor had his position as show jumping's current golden boy confirmed by shrieks from the crowd as he entered the arena for the Speed Derby, and then earned a standing ovation as he took the nine year-old bay mare <ABC Landliebe> around the Derby course at a pace so fast that no-one came even close to closing the gap. Please click here for further details
Massaro Tops The Field In Pony Medal Championship
Megan Massaro, 14, of Summerfield, FL, riding the large pony Wait A Minute, was named Grand Champion of the 2003 Pony Medal Championship, held August 6, at The Andrews School in Willoughby, OH. The championship was held as part of the State Line Tack/USAE Pony Finals held August 5 – 8. The winner of the Pony Medal Championship received the Easter Sunday Memorial Trophy donated by Ms. Catherine A. Kaiser and Ms. Jennifer T. Pesko, a tack trunk donated by Oakcroft, and a Triple Crown Custom Cooler. The trainer of the 2003 Pony Medal Champion is Bibby Farmer.
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Attache’ and Shachine Belle Win 2 Classes and First Year Green Working Hunter Championship At Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT – August 07, 2003–The Vermont Summer Celebration, continuing through Sunday, is the culminating horse show of the 5-week series, the Vermont Summer Festival.

Courtney McKay of Ocala, Florida won the Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Award for the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Class with 32 points that she earned over the 5 weeks of competition. Ruth Drumm of Lennoxdale, MA won the USA Equestrian Pessoa Medal Class.
J.T Farm’s Attache’ with Shachine Belle won both over fence competitions for First Year Green Hunters and was crowned Champion of the First Year Green Working Hunter division. Luxor with Mary Lisa Leffler was Reserve Champion for owners Jimmy Torano and Anna Tilestone.
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U.S. Wins Dressage Gold Medal At 2003 Pan American Games
The United States successfully defended its Championship title from 1999 by winning the Team Gold Medal in dressage by the slimmest of margins with a score of 206.550 at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Canada won the Silver scoring 206.300 and Mexico came in third for the Bronze with a score of 195.350 just slightly ahead of the home team of the Dominican Republic with a score of 194.850.
The U.S. bested eight other nations, the largest equestrian contingent in the history of the Pan Ams, for top honors. The U.S. squad consisted of Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA riding Feleciano (Westphalian; Florestan I – Barette), owned by New Horizons Dressage, LLC; Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH on Lucky Tiger (KWPN; Lucky Light – Teike) owned by St. Jacques and Lisa Belcastro; Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, riding her Much Ado (KWPN; Quattro – Varla) and Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA on her Kantor (KWPN; Olympic Ferro).
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United States in Second Place Halfway Through Team Dressage at Pan American Games
Santo Domingo, DR—August 6, 2003—At the conclusion of the first day of the Prix St. George Dressage Team competition on Wednesday, it looks like a North American battle for Gold between the United States and Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The United States Equestrian Team received a credible score of 131.600, but the combined results of Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA, riding Kantor and Carol Lavell on Much Ado, were not good enough for the top spot. Canada’s Ashley Holzer with Gambol, and Evi Strasser aboard Quantum Tyme, gave their team the leading score of 134.150. Mexico currently stands third with a combined score of 122.350.

Individually, the U.S. also needs to make up some ground in order to capture the Gold Medal. Lavell, of Loxahatchee, FL, stands in second place with a score of 66.800%. Holzer leads with a score of 67.650% and Strasser is third with a score of 66.500%.
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Feature Film Using Montana Talent In Development
Montana Production Company, in collaboration with a Montana Publisher, plan to begin production of Montana Made film in Spring, 2004
Miranda and Starlight is the working title for a full-length feature film by Robert Kollar and Top Herrmann Entertainment as production gets under way. This first film of a planned trilogy is based on the first two of Montana author, Janet Muirhead Hill's Starlight books, Miranda and Starlight and Starlight's Courage. The second film of the trilogy will feature Hill's sequels Starlight, Star Bright and Starlight's Shooting Star. The forthcoming titles, Starlight Shines for Miranda and Starlight Comes Home, which are slated for release in 2004 by Raven Publishing of Montana will provide material for the final film of the trilogy.
Film producer Robert Kollar, who has long had a vision for making a Montana based film, was so touched by Miranda and Starlight when he read it, that he immediately knew he had found the perfect story to fulfill this dream. The Starlight Film Project, as it has been dubbed, will result in a wholesome but gripping family movie with national and international distribution.
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Carolina Equine Society to benefit Tobacco Farmers
The Board of Directors of the Carolina Equine Society,inc has requested a partnership grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation and the NC Tobacco Trust
Fund to import 40 well bred thoroughbred mares into the State of North Carolina.
This pilot program will introduce to tobacco farmers a new rotational crop and potentially a new industry into the state .( Breeding and raising for sale TB horses is the #1 agricultural industry in Kentucky and Maryland ,Florida ,California and New York all derive huge revenue from this renewable crop.)
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7th August 2003
Are you interested in taking part in a Television Documentary with your horse?
A television production company are looking to do a pilot video featuring the extraordinary talents of Adam Shereston. If the pilot video is successful it may lead to a full television documentary.
Adam is looking for people, who have a horse that has a health problem, whether physical or psychological that may benefit.
Adam will only charge a nominal £15 per consultation, which will include assesment, advice and treatment which could last up to 2 hours.
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Equitana Asia Pacific - Melbourne
It’s non-stop here at EQUITANA!
This month we have exciting announcements, special offers and a stack of facts about the event!
EQUITANA Tickets on Sale
9.00am Monday 1st September
Call the RACV TicketLine on 13 28 86 or visit your nearest RACV Shop.You can also purchase tickets online at www.equitana.com.au
Make sure you DON’T MISS OUT on the Best Seats!
The Mane Event presents ‘The Spirit of the Horse’
The Mane Event is back again this year with a whole new production that will dazzle and excite.
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New Event Launch Causes Unprecedented Demand For Space
During the past few weeks, UK organisers Gateway Events have released details on the launch of Equestriantype - an exhibition focusing on Equestrian Transport, Yard and Paddock Equipment.
Equestriantype, which incorporates a specialist exhibition and equine master classes from world-renowned experts, will take place between the 2nd and 4th April 2004 at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Jonathan Robinson of Gateway Events, who has been organising exhibitions and other events across a wide range of industries for ten years, and who is one of the UK's most experienced event promoters, commented, 'We are really excited about Equestriantype. In all the years I have worked within the events industry I have never experienced such a strong demand for exhibition space. Several exhibitors have commented that they have been waiting for an event like this for years. There are plenty of events that are no more than glorified shopping opportunities, selling tack and clothing, Equestriantype is an event where people can find out about the essentials of keeping horses safely in the paddock, yard and during transit.'
Equestriantype will be taking over two halls at the National Agricultural Centre for the event. Hall 1 will contain a huge variety of exhibitors displaying products and services that are absolutely essential to the horse owner, whether they are professionals or leisure riders. An arena will be installed in Hall 2, with tiered seating to accommodate the visitors who will be able to view demonstrations, lessons and advisory talks that will be led by industry experts.
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South Essex Insurance Brokers/PSOA Trailblazers
Faruk's Championship Win Proves He's Alive and Well!
More than 1,400 riders fight for national titles
For Tallulah Hall, the 2003 Trailblazers championships will long be a day to remember. The day her horse came back from the dead!
Last year her 12-years-old Arabian, Faruk, developed strangles, but after a six month battle, veterinary surgeons were admitting defeat and suggesting the horse be put down. As a desperate last measure, three hairs were taken from Faruk, sent off to the operators of a radionics and crystal "black box" and five weeks later the strangles was beaten.
Tallulah, 17, from Gillingham, Dorset, spent another six months getting him fit again, and then celebrated at the Trailblazers final by winning the dressage senior Elementary championship.
More than 1,900 riders had qualified for the South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazers final, which is organised and run by the Permanent Show Organisers Association at 43 of its member centres around the country. About 1,400 eventually made the journey to the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh.
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Summary of Achievements of Irish Sport Horses in 2003
August 2003
Irish Sport Horses have seen another successful year on the competitive circuit pass with their achievement of the following results at major shows and events worldwide
EVENTING : It has been another winning year for Irish Sport Horses with the following results proving that very few can beat an Irish Sport Horse in the Eventing Stakes!
Supreme Rock (ISH) reigned supreme at the Badminton CCI**** 2003. European Champion since 1999 at Luhmuhlen and Team and Individual European Champion at Pau in 2001, aswell as Team Olympic Silver Medallist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Team Bronze at WEG 2002, Supreme Rock (ISH) this year won the premier Horse Trials event in the world for the second year running. Irish bred horses were out in force at Badminton this year with seventeen of them finishing in the final forty four placings. Five Irish Sport Horses, including winner Supreme Rock (ISH), took the following positions in the final top twelve:
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Pony Club Unveils First Plans For 75th Anniversary
The Pony Club is delighted to announce that to mark its 75th anniversary in 2004, it has been appointed the nominated charity for the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships 2003 (18th-22nd December) and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2004 (29th April-2nd May).
Sian Thomas, Chief Executive of The Pony Club, said: “We are very grateful to two such prestigious events for giving us the chance not only to raise funds for training but also a very significant opportunity to reach our existing and past Members - in addition to those who may be new to the horse world and therefore not familiar with the benefits of membership of The Pony Club
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Aromatherapy 4 Animals Course 13th/14th September
Aromatherapy for Animals Course information.
Introduction to Essential Oils Therapy for Animals
Part 1 - Introduction : Learn everything you need to know to start using essential oils safely and effectively on your own animals including: the properties and uses of approximately 22 essential oils, how to blend them and offer them to animals, how to use kinesiology to help select the oils.
Part 2 - Practice : More oils, more Kinesiology, personal practice. Putting to practice everything you learnt in day one with in depth study cases.
This two day course covers all you need to know to use the oils on your own animals. Places are limited so reserve your place early.
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Super Fundraiser Rises to the Challenge
Super fundraiser Heather Bowman, 32, of 36 Marketgate, Abroath, Scotland has risen to a charity challenge yet again.
Heather is well known for the horse show she organises each year at Brechin Castle in aid of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) which have, over the years, raised many thousands of pounds.
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Dublin Horse Show Kicks Off With Irish Win
IN SOME OF THE hottest temperatures ever recorded on the first day of a Dublin Horse Show, Ireland's Conor Swail from Co. Down kicked off
proceedings with a win in the Speed Stakes on the 9 yr-old Cruising mare <Windgate's Mystique>, coming home almost a second faster than Britain's Robert Smith on <Gerry Maguire>.
Swail, one of Ireland's hottest new hopes, also showed France's Michel Hecart a clean pair of heels, while Irish Aga Khan team member Billy Twomey guided <Anastasia> into Fourth.Ireland's youngest Aga Khan team member Cian O'Connor (23) won the International Pairs Relay competition with Emma Smyth, while the Irish Sports Council Classic was won by France's Laurent Goffinet, with current National Grand Prix league leader Harry Marshall the highest of the Irish, in Fourth with <Splendido>.
Large crowds turned out in the sunshine for the opening day, and even bigger attendance is expected tomorrow (Thursday), which sees not only a plethora of national classes, but also the Power and Speed and the Speed Derby in the main arena.
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United States Dressage Team Ready to Compete In 2003 Pan American Games
Santo Domingo, DR- August 5, 2003— All four horses of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Dressage squad passed the veterinary inspection on Tuesday in preparation for the first day of equestrian competition of the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Originally scheduled as a one-day event, the Prix St. Georges team competition was split and will now take place over two days, August 6 and 7, in order to accommodate the increased number of entries.

The first rider to compete for the United States will be Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA, going fifth in the starting lineup on her Kantor. The 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, who will be riding her Much Ado, will ride later on Wednesday afternoon.
The USET’s third entry, Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH, will ride Thursday morning on Lucky Tiger, owned by him and Lisa Belcastro. Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, riding anchor for the USET, will ride on Thursday afternoon on Feleciano, owned by New Horizons Dressage, LLC.
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Arute Wins Green Hunter Pony Championship
Alexandria Arute, 12, of Avon CT, rode Olympic Dreams, LLC. owned small pony DreamBoy to win the 2003 Wild Horsefeathers/USAE National Green Hunter Pony Championship held August 5. The championship was held as part of the State Line Tack/USAE Pony Finals being held August 5 – 8, at The Andrews School in Willoughby, OH. As champion, Arute received a gift certificate for a custom pair of Der Dau boots, the Brownland Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Mack Anderton, and a Triple Crown Custom cooler. Arute trains at Heritage Farms.
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Kensington and Juste Battle for the Regular Working Hunter Championship At Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—August 06, 2003—The 2003 Vermont Summer Festival began its last week, the Vermont Summer Celebration, running through Sunday, August 10, the final week of the five-week series of horse show competition at the Harold Beebe Farm.

Juste, ridden by Brian Walker, won the first Regular Working Hunter Class Over Fences while Kensington, ridden by Katie Milton, won the second Regular Working Hunter Over Fences Class with a score of 87 points. Juste won the Regular Working Hunter Under Saddle Class and Kensington was second. Either of these two competitors could win the Regular Working Hunter Championship; Thursday’s Regular Working Hunter Classes will decide.
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Kim Severson Wins National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy To Culminate Successful Over the Walls Horse Trials
Hardwick, MA—August 6, 2003—United States Equestrian Team (USET) veteran Kim Severson of Scottsville, VA won the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy, the featured competition at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Severson, a team Gold Medalist at the 2002 Eventing World Championships held at last year’s World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, turned in a clean round in the final show jumping phase to claim the title on Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain Dealing Farm. She finished the Championship with a three-phase score of 26.92 penalties after scoring 22.92 in dressage and adding just four time penalties over the cross country course designed by 1984 U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
Placing second in the Championship was Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY, winner of the Advanced Division 1 at Over the Walls in 2001. Chiacchia also turned in a clean show jumping round and finished with a score of 38.38 penalties on Windfall. Heidi White rode clean with just one time penalty on Northern Spy to jump from 5th to 3rd place with a final score of 42.53. She won the highest placed owner/rider award in the Championship Section.
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Georgia International Horse Trials Announces Partnership With Floyd Medical Center
Georgia International Horse Trials (GIHT) announced today that it has formed a partnership with the Floyd Medical Center of Rome, Georgia to provide medical services for this new CCI**** event in the USA to be held October, 2005.
Jack Pollard, GIHT Executive Director, said, “Safety and medical support are vital aspects of event organization for both competitors and visitors. We’re delighted that Floyd Medical Center has agreed to become a partner in providing these important services. It's wonderful that the local community is so enthusiastic about this world-class event that's still two years away. They realize it's not too early to prepare and plan for an event of this scale. The cooperation, support and enthusiasm are telling signs of a quality competition in the making.”
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6th August 2003
Pippa's $250,000 Decision
Britain's leading three day event rider Pippa Funnell is facing one of the most difficult decisions of her very successful career, which could result in a $250,000 payout and a place in the history books.
Following her victories at Kentucky and Badminton earlier this year, she will pick up a bonus of $250,000 if she can win the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials in September and become the first rider ever to complete the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
Funnell has to decide whether to run her most experienced horse and dual Badminton winner Supreme Rock at Burghley to increase her chance of collecting the bonus, or save him for the European Championships at Punchestown two weeks later, where she will be bidding to win her third consecutive European title and help the British team to defend the gold medal they won in Pau in 2001.
Funnell has the choice of three other horses for Burghley and Punchestown but running Supreme Rock at Burghley rather than the European Championships would deny him the chance to become the first horse to win three consecutive European titles
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
5 August 2003

- Pan American Games Preview
- FEI Gandini World Riders Rankings
- FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- Samsung Super League, Preview Dublin
- Samsung Nations Cup, 11th leg in Bratislava
- Samsung Super League Final event website
- 2nd International Horse Transport Conference
- In Memoriam: Rommel
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The 2003 National American Indian Horse Show
The 2003 National American Indian Horse Show will be held on September 20 &21 at the Navarro County Exposition Center in Corsicana TX (south of Dallas/Ft Worth).
The show features Native American and Frontier Period costume classes, pleasure and trail events, halter classes for the 5 classifications of Indian Horses and speed events based on Native American games.
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Tellington Touch as seen on ITV Talking to Animals
Using the Tellington TTouch method I address issues and behaviours with problematic and distressed dogs. Typical issues addressed are: fear of loud noises, pulling on the lead, chewing, barking, temperament, relief of tension & stress, socialisation, arthritis, helping concentration, seizures, timidity, shock, introducing pets to the home, fearfulness & aggression - to name but a few.
The Tellington TTouch or TTouch is an holistic teaching method for any animal, offering positive solutions to common behavioural and health related problems. Unlike more traditional training methods that enforce and dominate, I use communication and kindness to bring about new responses, which is why it literally works with ANY animal. If you love your dog why would you want to enforce anything upon them? Don’t you both deserve a method that respects the individual, be it the human or the animal, working to reinforce and bond the relationship more?
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The Inaugural SCOPE Auction
The star of Ireland's inaugural SCOPE auction of showjumping, dressage, and eventing prospects was the last lot of the day, Ulysses M2S.

After a round of spirited bidding that included two-time Olympic gold-medal-winner Gillian Rolton accepting telephone bids from the United States, the final bid of euro67,000 was placed ringside by the famous Irish horse marketer Paul Larkin of Larkin Brothers International Ltd. The bid was not sufficient for the breeder/owner to part with this magnificent prospect for sport and breeding, and Ulysses M2S left the ring unsold.
Soon after, Morningside Stud's Thomas Reed, the breeder and owner of Ulysses M2S, accepted an offer of euro67,500 from Irish rider Denis Flannelly, bidding on behalf of his American client, with the understanding that Ulysses M2S will be campaigned in sport for Ireland and be presented for stallion approval this fall on the continent.
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Gold Medal Winning Team To Compete At Stafford
Britain's Gold medal winning Pony European Show Jumping Team will be competing at the this years Scope Festival, at Staffordshire County Showground. The team, which consists of Natasha Sewell, Nicole Pavitt, Hannah Paul and Sophie Broome, competed in Necarne Castle, Ireland and emerged triumphant for the seventh consecutive year.
The Scope Festival 2003 runs from 26th - 31st August. Leading British show jumpers will be competing for around £88,000 prize money over the six day duration of the show. Entry and car parking is free and spectators can enjoy six full days of show jumping, classes start at 9am every morning and continue until 10.30pm Tuesday - Saturday and 6pm Sunday.
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Over 500 riders head for British Riding Clubs' National Horse Trials Championships
Sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers Ltd
8 - 10 August
Over 500 riders, from around 80 clubs across the country, will be heading for Offchurch Bury Estate, near Royal Leamington Spa, which plays host to the British Riding Clubs' National Horse Trials Championships. The event, sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) for the fourth year running is scheduled to start on Friday 8 August, running through to Sunday 10 August. All competitors have taken part in hotly contested qualifiers so the three days promise to be action packed, kicking off with the Junior Horse Trials Championships, a one day event, on the first day. Friday also sees the start of the Open Horse Trials Three Day Event. Saturday will see the start of the Novice Two Day Event with the latter two competitions culminating in the grand finale on Sunday.
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National Foal Auction Prinsjesdag, the power of performance!
On the third Tuesday in September, the sixteenth, for the eleventh time the National Foal Auction Prinsjesdag will take place. The sixty-five foals selected for their pedigree, movement and conformation, were recorded on video and photographed for the presentation DVD and catalogue last weekend. The auction, known for the high quality of its foals, this year offers possibly an even more interesting selection of bloodlines.
In the last decades, sport and breeding have become more and more entwined. What is more, breeding without information from the sport is unthinkable. For this reason the selection committee has chosen foals for their proven 'performance' lineage; not by making concessions in movement and conformation but by deliberately seeking out the best European 'performance' blood. Former NVP foal and Pavo Cup winner Hilltop Rousseau, this year the 'face' of the auction, typifies the way forward. The motto of the National Foal Auction Prinsjesdag , 'The power of performance!', under- lines the background of the selected foals. As mentioned above, the auction takes place on Tuesday 16 September. Last year, the organisation moved from Middenbeemster to the Federation centre in Ermelo where the auction will take place this year too. The presentation of the foals is at 11.30 and at 14.00 the first foal will come under the hammer of auctioneer Hans Sinnige.
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Purina Mills Named Official Feed Partner of the New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals
SAUGERTIES, NY (August 5, 2003)—The New Marshall & Sterling League announced today that Purina Mills, LLC, America's leader in animal nutrition, will become the Official Feed Partner for the New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals, to be held September 17-21, at Worcester's Centrum Centre, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
"Purina Mills is a company that strives for excellence in the area of animal nutrition," said Tom Struzzieri, President and Owner of Horse Shows In The Sun. "The equestrians who compete for a place at our National Indoor Finals also share that same passion for excellence. We welcome Purina Mills as our Official Feed Partner and look forward to a long-lasting relationship that will benefit our equestrians and their horses, as well as our sport."
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5th August 2003
Hilton Herbs : The Best just got Better
Hilary Self - Director and co - founder of Hilton Herbs has spent the last 4 years studying with the University of Wales and the College of Phytotherapy in order to qualify as a Medical Herbalist. Since she formulated her first commercial mix 15 years ago Hilary has been determined to support her extensive practical experience with a science based degree involving an indepth study of herbal medicine for humans.
Hilton Herbs have long been regarded as the leading authority on herbs for horses, and have always sought to educate their customers as to the safe and effective application of complementary therapies. This qualification can only add to this position of strength and should give Hilton Herbs customers even more confidence when consulting the Helpline or purchasing Hilton products.
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Anne Kursinski and Indeed Win $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
Ellenville, NY (August 4, 2003)—Olympic veteran, Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey, rode Indeed owned by The Group Indeed to victory in Sunday's $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at the New York Horse & Pony Show. Kursinski bested a field of twenty-five horse/rider combinations, and was the fastest of three double-clears in a six-horse jump-off. Harold Chopping of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, rode Kathleen 16 owned by Silver Oak Stables to second place. Third place went to Ainsley Vince of Milton, Ontario, on Kafka, co-owned by Vince and 3E Syndicate.
Grand Prix course designer, Gerry Dougherty, set a challenging 13-obstacle course that included one double combination-fence No. 4, and one triple combination-fence No. 10. The time allowed was set at 96 seconds. The triple cost a number of riders their clear round and served to narrow the field to only six horses.
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Merveldt-Steffens Replaces Fosbury For European Dressage Championships
Irish international dressage rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens has withdrawn her top horse Fosbury from the the Irish team due to compete at the European Dressage Championships in Hickstead next week (Thursday 14th August to Sunday 17th August 2003).
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United States Equestrian Team Ready for Gold at Pan American Games
Gladstone, NJ—August 4, 2003— The United States Equestrian Team (USET) is ready for what it expects to be Gold Medal performances at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 7 – 16 with powerful squads competing in both Dressage and Show Jumping. The Dressage competition will be held on August 7, 8, and 10 and Show Jumping competition will be held on August 13, 14, and 16.
The Dressage squad of four riders plus one alternate 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 is team alternate.

In Show Jumping, the squad was determined differently this year with the USET and USA Equestrian approving two subjective choices. Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL; Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ; Lauren Hough, also of Wellington; Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI; plus Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, as alternate; make up the team
The United States comes into the Pan Am Games as the defending champs in Dressage and this year’s team includes some new names with impressive credentials.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Smith Takes Dun Laoghaire
A HUGE crowd turned out in brilliant Bank Holiday weather to see Steven Smith take the 3,000 Euro top prize at today's (Monday) Dun Laoghaire Horse Show Grand Prix, riding Robert Hancock's <Laraghlease Western Desert>.
But it was the other places that gave keen watchers of the Kerrygold League table something to talk about.
Harry Marshall, whose No. 1 spot in the League could have been usurped at Dun Laoghaire, substituted his proven Grand Prix winner <Splendido> for <Romance>, and only an unfortunate refusal in the second round stopped him making a bid for victory, but his Fourth earned sufficient Super League points to maintain his league leadership by a comfortable margin.
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4th August 2003
Kim Severson Wins National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
Hardwick, MA—August 3, 2003—United States Equestrian Team (USET) veteran Kim Severson of Scottsville, VA won the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Severson, a team Gold Medalist at last year’s World Championships in Jerez, Spain, turned in a clean round in the final show jumping phase to claim the title on Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain Dealing Farm. She finished the Championship with a three-phase score of 26.92 penalties after scoring 22.92 in dressage and adding just four time penalties over the cross country course designed by 1984 U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
Placing second in the Championship was Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY, winner of the Advanced Division 1 at Over the Walls in 2001. Chiacchia turned in a clean show jumping round to finish with a score of 38.38 penalties on Windfall.
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Champion Defends Title
Last year`s World Mounted Games Champion Melanie Scott retained her title at the World Individual Mounted games Championships, held at Newark and Notts Showground.
Riding Tessa, an eye-catching part-bred Arab mare, Melanie got off to a good start scoring a maximum in the first qualifying session. High scores in the remaining two qualifiers gave her the pole position going into the final. Here scores start from zero giving all eight finalists an equal chance. Three wins and four second places in the dramtic 10-race final was enough to ensure the trophy and title returned to Scotland.
Runner up just two points away was Bryony Sheldon from Cheshire with Kira, and also Melanie`s riding team mate in the Yorkshire team.
``Tessa went fantastic - she tried really hard to win,`` said Melanie, who is supported by www.bluesaddle.co.uk and Blue Chip Feed Balancer.

The seven-day competition saw over 500 ponies and riders from throughout the world compete.
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Lowry Wins $35,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix at Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—August 3, 2003 — Bill Lowry of North Scituate, RI aboard King, owned by Windsor Farm Sales Inc, won the $35,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix at the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, July 30-August 3, the fourth week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Lowry was one of six horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear over course designer Ken Krome’s first round course to qualify to ride over the shortened jump off course. Going second in the jump-off, Lowry and King proved to be the fastest clear round in a time of 40.385 seconds.

Lowry has been partnered with King, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood, gelding, who he bought off of a pig farm in Holland, for seven years now. This rider gave his horse much of the credit for their performance in the jump-off. “He was excellent. He helped me out a lot,” Lowry said. “He’s really, really smart-very very intelligent.”
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - O'Brien Wins South County Dublin Super League GP
THE WEATHER held for the second of the Grands Prix at the South County Dublin Show at Celbridge today (Sunday), and although the monster prize money of 10,000 Euro led to some fierce competition, it was the Army's Lt. David O'Brien who produced the only double clear of the class.
Riding the Minister for Defence's 14 yr-old bay gelding <Carraig Dubh>, O'Brien saw off the competition, and remarked after his win: < It was fantastic competition on a fantastic horse. What more can I say?>
Marion Hughes confirmed that she was back in serious contention for League position, following her win at Celbridge yesterday with a Second today on Miguel Bravo's <LB Gallileo>, and picking up 12 vital Super League points in the process.
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Sands Wins $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic
East Dorset, VT—August 2, 2003— In one of her last shows as a junior rider, Caitlin Sands of Lebanon, PA aboard her Rienne de Rouge won the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic at the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, July 30-August 3, the fourth week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

The final pair to enter the ring of the 16 horse-and-rider combinations who qualified for the jump-off, Sands and her seven-year-old, chestnut mare were chasing class leader Nicole Lakin of Reading, PA aboard Kick the Clouds, owned by Rolling Acres. Going third in the jump-off, Lakin and her mount posted a clear round in a time of 33.472 seconds, which held as the fastest time until Sands entered the ring.
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3rd August 2003
Hilton Herbs Alred's Tower Endurance Horse Ride, 9 / 10 August 2003
Huge Field For Showpiece Event
SOME 300 competitors have entered this weekend's Hilton Herbs Alfred's Tower endurance event tackling distances from 20-miles to a phenomenal 86 miles in one day. The festival of endurance which includes some 14 classes, is sponsored by Hilton Herbs and will raise funds for the charity Spinal Research.
Two prominent names from the horse racing world will be taking part during the weekend. Jump jockey Jim Culloty, best known for his partnership with Cheltenham Gold Cup winter Best Mate, will be riding on behalf of the charity Spinal Research in a team event for Riding Clubs from across the UK on Sunday. Meanwhile, race horse owners and keen endurance supporters Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have a number of horses entered in the show piece 80-mile (140km) event on Saturday. Sheikh Mohammed is well known throughout the racing world as an owner of top racehorses - he is less well known as one of the world's leading endurance riders and may well be lining up to take on the 80-mile event himself. The first prize in the Hilton Herbs Alfreds Tower ride will be automatic entry to the $US 200,000 President's Cup in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in March 2004.
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Record Exhibitors At Horse of the Year Show 2003
Horse of the Year Show returns to the NEC Arena, Birmingham from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st September 2003. Last year's move to the NEC was an overwhelming success attracting record crowds of over 55,000.
This annual equestrian spectacular brings with it a Tradestand Pavilion which this year will allow for a record 180 stands selling a variety of wares. Each of these will benefit from the public spend in the area which, following last year's customer survey, is calculated to be well in excess of £1,500,000 for the 5 days.
Following a review of the 2002 show, the organisers, Grandstand Media Ltd, have reconfigured the Tradestand Pavilion to expand aisle widths and allow for improved flow due to greater public attendance, whilst also increasing stand availability to meet demand from new and existing exhibitors.
"We were delighted at the success of last year's show. When we took on the event in 1997 we were playing to half empty houses with only about 110 stands in the Pavilion. Now, due to sell out performances and a huge year-on-year return rate of existing exhibitors, we are struggling to meet demand for both public admission tickets and tradestand space.
Having entered a new era, this year's Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is certain to build on the triumph of 2002 and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The response to our change in venue from all branches of the equestrian industry has, without exception, been extremely positive" stated Mark Wein, a Director of Grandstand Media Ltd.
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Severson Continues to Dominate at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
Hardwick, MA—August 2, 2003—Kimberly Severson of Scottsville, VA, continues to dominate the competition for the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship following cross-country on Saturday, August 2, at the Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Posting one of 18 clear jumping rounds over the cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins, Severson earned 4.0 time penalties aboard Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain Dealing Farm, Inc., giving her a two-phase total of 26.92 penalty points.
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CEI** MOULINS ENGILBERT FRANCE 2 AUGUST 2003, CCI*/** HARTPURY GREAT BRITAIN 6-10 AUGUST 2003, CDI** FRY’S GREAT BRITAIN 7-10 AUGUST 2003, JUNIOR EUROPEAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIPS PARDUBICE CZECH REPUBLIC 7-10 AUGUST 2003, SI**** LA CORUNA SPAIN 7-10 AUGUST 2003, CEI**/***/CEI-YR** ALFRED’S TOWER GREAT BRITAIN 9 AUGUST 2003, WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS (PONIES) KARLSTETTEN AUSTRIA 11-17 AUGUST 2003, CSI**** HICKSTEAD GREAT BRITAIN 14-17 AUGUST 2003
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