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7th September 2002
The Training Tree: Rhythm
WAVERLY, WVEvery animal handler or hope-to-be trainer needs to establish a relationship that allows the animal to understand them and figure out what they are asking them to do. The best and most effective system must be based on trust. The obedience or compliance we are looking for flows from that trust. The basis for a horse trusting you is that everything you do is routine and usual. There’s never anything sudden or startling going on. And the way you start that feeling in the horse is by doing everything you do around him in a rhythmic way.
In my early training days, I was taught that the first thing a real trainer did was to gentle a horse. You proceeded to do that by tying the horse up somewhere and sacking him out until his skin stopped jumping when you whopped him with the sack or blanket or whatever and he stood there and accepted it. The problem with a system like that is it doesn’t teach the horse what to do. Instead of being positive, it’s negative. It teaches the horse what not to do. If he keeps flying around at the end of the rope, he’s going to get hit again. If he stands still, the sack will go away.
If you grab the handle of a hot pan, it doesn’t take you long to realize your mistake. Your body reacts to the stimulus and you let go of the pan. You learned not to pick up a hot pan but since you didn’t really have time to process all your options, your learning isn’t very complete. Just like the horse getting “gentled”, you got a negative education. You learned what not to do, what to be afraid to do. If you had had the time to process the situation, you might have gotten a more positive education and learned the way to pick up a hot pan so you wouldn’t get burned.
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7th September 2002

Statement From Avril Doyle, President, Equestrian Federation Of Ireland
The EFI is alarmed and concerned at the conclusions of the Olympic Programme Commission report which was presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on 28 August 2002 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The commission was in charge of reviewing the Olympic Programme and presented recommendations on the programme of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Three sports and five disciplines were recommended for exclusion from the Olympic programme, among which was the equestrian discipline of Eventing, considering the costs for venue preparations and operations for the Games OC, and the issue of safety of athletes and horses. The FEI, however, has conducted a thorough study on the discipline of Eventing, consulting with a number of specialists inside and outside the sport to effect changes in safety both of the riders and horses and has also worked with the IOC to significantly reduce the costs of staging the discipline for the OC.
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7th September 2002
Complete Coverage of World Equestrian Games on USET Website
Gladstone, NJ—September 6, 2002— For those who cannot travel to Spain to witness the events first- hand, coverage of the World Equestrian Games will be available on the United States Equestrian Team (USET) website at www.uset.org. News will be posted on the USET website in conjunction with www.equisearch.com. Check the site daily for updates and news on all of the happenings during the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Jerez, Spain, September 11-22.
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7th September 2002
Excitement Continues in Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Following August Events
Tampa, FL – September 6, 2002 –The 2002 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series saw seven exciting member events in August – six in the East Conference and one in the West Conference. The Series kicked off in February and runs through November, culminating in its first-ever Year-End Championship to be held at the National Horse Show.
Maggie Jayne and Jubulent currently lead the junior division in the East Conference, and Marilyn Little and Corrada sit in first place in the amateur-owner division. In the West Conference, Andrew Ramsay and Lisa lead the junior division, while Catherine Boettcher and Cordelia B top the amateur-owner division standings. This year, for the first time, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is offering separate series for amateur-owner riders and for junior riders.East Conference – Junior Division In one of August’s first East Conference competitions, the $10,000 Turtle Rock Farm High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic at Equifest II, July 30 - August 4 in Wayne, IL, junior rider and current Series leader Maggie Jayne took first place on Jubulent.
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7th September 2002
USA Equestrian Adopts Donor Bill Of Rights
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee took action on August 27, 2002, to adopt the Donor Bill of Rights, which outlines the rights donors have as supporters of the Federation.
In a environment of growing concern of the accountability of business leaders and the organizations they run, USA Equestrian's adoption of the Donor Bill of Rights sends the message to the philanthropic community that the Federation's membership, volunteer leadership and professional staff are committed to providing all donors with information they deserve to make informed decisions about supporting their National Governing Body for equestrian sport.
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7th September 2002
:: Saddletude ::
Who's going to be the next American Idol? Or German, Dutch, Brit, Kiwi or Aussie Idol?
You pick the winner in the Saddletude WEG Winners Poll.
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6th September 2002
Olympic Medallist Ian Stark Gives Thumbs Up For Riding Facilities In The National Forest
Four times Olympic silver medallist three-day eventer Ian Stark heaps praise on riding facilities in The National Forest, as the second guide for horse riders in The National Forest is launched today. Ian Stark designed the new cross country course at Eland Lodge Farm, one of 8 new sites to be included in the guide. "The National Forest is certainly a fantastic setting in which to ride", commented Ian. "It is easily accessible which is a huge advantage, and caters for all levels of rider - you can enjoy a fun day out or benefit from intensive schooling for horse and rider".
The guide has been produced by the National Forest Company (NFC) and pulls together detailed information about a total of 35 sites and the many excellent opportunities for safe, off-road riding to be found throughout the Forest's 200 square miles.
The 35 locations spread across parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire are featured with a general description of each site along with the routes available, parking information, details about other facilities and permit information. The guide also gives a description of how each site links in with the surrounding bridleway network.
There are an increasing number of sites suitable for carriage driving, an aspect of equestrianism that is gaining in popularity, plus information on accommodation for riders from further afield wanting to take full advantage of opportunities in the Forest.
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6th September 2002
New paddock cleaner under orders
Kawasaki is providing the power behind a brand new paddock cleaner targeted at the equestrian sector.
The vacuum cleaner from Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment in Horsham is a direct response to demand and fills a niche in the market according to Managing Director Martin Bremner. “We know there’s a demand and we’re very excited and confident about the new paddock and yard cleaner. People have been looking for something like this to do away with the shovel and wheelbarrow clearance of paddocks and stable blocks which can take hours,” he explained.
The lightweight and durable cleaner which can hold up to 350 litres of manure and rubbish sucked up through a 5” hose is powered by a Kawasaki, air-cooled, 2-stroke engine, adapted from the Japanese manufacturer’s successful KRB400-B blower unit.
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6th September 2002
U.S Dominates Field At Spruce Meadows
U.S. riders ended in the top three positions in Wednesday's International Open I Welcome Class at the Masters Tournament held at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, September 4, 2002.
Laura Kraut and her 2000 Olympic mount, the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Liberty (Libero H -Bianca, by Nimmerdor) finished with no faults in a time of 58.02, just fractions of a second faster than the second place rider, teammate Molly Ashe, who finished with a clean round and a time of 58.37 seconds, riding the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Lutopia (Gentleman / Rigoletto). Teammate Beezie Madden, riding Conquest II (Concorde - Fernod, by Ulft), also finished with no faults in 58.75 seconds to land in the third position.
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6th September 2002
Fair Hill International To Host 100-Mile Endurance Championship
FAIR HILL, MD—September 5, 2002—Known for attracting world-class equestrians in eventing and combined driving, the Fair Hill International has added another jewel -- a 100-mile endurance championship to be held as a kick-off to the annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country in October.
Sanctioned by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the first Fair Hill International 100-Mile Endurance ride will serve as the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Endurance 100-Mile Championship.
The new endurance ride will kick off the 14th annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. It will take place the weekend prior to the driving and eventing championships, which are held October 24-27.
The competitions include the USET Three Star Fall Championship and the USA Equestrian Single Horse Driving Championship, plus the final leg of the Triple Crown of Combined Driving and the FEI North American Driving Challenge. The endurance ride will take place on Saturday, October19.
The Fair Hill International will also host the United States Eventing Association (USEA) East Coast Championships that include dressage on Thursday, cross-country on Friday, and show jumping on Saturday, all from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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6th September 2002

CWG Burghley Sponsored Ride Breaks all Previous Records!!
480 riders enjoyed a relaxing 12km ride in the superb setting of Burghley Park and around a section of the world famous horse trials cross country course. An estimated £13,500 was raised for equestrian charities with a large amount pledged to the principal Burghley 2002 charity, the Mark Davies Injured Rider Fund.
Event organiser, Ian Scott, commercial director of CWG, was delighted with the result. “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ride and several opted to try clear round hunter trial jumping. We are particularly grateful to Bill Henson and Burghley estate for their permission to hold the event on this final horse trials day, and to Intervet and Masterfoods for their sponsorship assistance”.
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6th September 2002
Celebration Wins Best Young Horse At Inaugural Hunter Breeding Championship
Celebration (Our Diplomat - Pardon Me Mister, by Mr. Inspector) a two-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Cismont Manor Farm and handled by Kenneth Wheeler, received the Dave Kelly Perpetual Trophy donated by Nokomis Farm and Diana Dodge, as the Overall Grand Hunter Breeding Champion at the 2002 Sallie B. Wheeler/USA National Hunter Breeding Championship.
Kenneth Wheeler was awarded the Belcort Farm Perpetual Trophy and Lita "Squeaky" Wangensteen received the J. Arthur Reynolds Memorial Trophy as the breeder of the Overall Grand Hunter Breeding Champion.
A panel of two judges, Rick Abbott of Cochranville, PA and Daniel Robertshaw of Camden, SC, adjudicated the classes offered for yearling colts and fillies, two-year-old colts and fillies and three-year-old colts and fillies.
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6th September 2002

Connors Threatens Swail's Leadership Of Grand Prix League
WATERFORD'S FRANCIS Connors again upped his bid to topple Conor Swail from the top spot of the Kerrygold Grand Prix League at Iverk, Co. Kilkenny today (Thursday) with a win and a place.And with only one Grand Prix remaining - Rolestown in North County Dublin on Sunday - the two contenders will be facing a needle match of epic proportions.
Swail, after an exceptional run of successes early in the 2002 Kerrygold League, holds 105 points, but Connors' placings today bring him into touching distance, with 99 points. Rolestown's results, therefore, will be the final decider between the two riders, as a win by Connors, and a bad placing by Swail, could change the top spot on the leaderboard completely.
With the Kerrygold Grand Prix League title at stake, though, Co.Down's Conor Swail will be jumping to retain his lead and increase his score beyond Connors' reach.
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6th September 2002

National Trailblazers Final
The final of the National Trailblazers showjumping and dressage championships is to be held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on September 13-15. The three-day show will attract more than 1,000 junior and adult riders from all over the country. This championship series is organised by the Permanent Show Organisers Association (PSOA) and designed for the 200,000 amateur, weekend and leisure riders throughout the UK. All will have competed through at least two rounds at PSOA-member equestrian centres. The 2001 inaugural series was an unqualified success and this year's entry is about 20 per cent higher.
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6th September 2002
Booth M. Malone Named "Official Artist" of the USET
Gladstone, NJ—September 5, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has commissioned artist Booth Malone to create a series of paintings depicting action specific to each of the Team’s seven disciplines. The paintings will be completed in 2003 and displayed at USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, site of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions competitions each summer.
Malone, 50, of Midland, GA, is an internationally acclaimed equestrian artist. His work is appreciated and collected by horse lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work is on permanent display at the U.S. Pony Club headquarters, Lexington, KY. He is represented by Frost & Reed Gallery, LTD in London.
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6th September 2002

Show Jumping Result: Spruce Meadows Masters Canada 4-8 September 2002
FINNING CUP, 1.30m-2.20m International Open Jumper Sec. II
1) Champion Du Lys; Ludger Beerbaum (GER), 2) Fleur Z; Lesley McNaught (SUI), 3) Paavo N; Jessica Kurten (IRL)
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5th September 2002
How Reiki Helped Garth
I seldom go out to a horse with many preconceptions but have to admit that I went to Garth with a degree of trepidation. He came with a fearsome reputation for putting people in hospital and I did not relish becoming his next casualty. He had put his owner in A & E 4 times and several others too. Consequently he was in DIY livery with only the owner taking care of him. Although he had improved over the period of the 12 months that she had owned him, it was clear that he still had a long way to go.
Garth had been purchased from a dealer as a 6-year-old. He is a 17hh handsome bay gelding. The owner had been new to this country at the time and was finding her feet. It was very quickly obvious when she got him home that he had been drugged when she had first looked at him, in fact he was in such a bad way that the Vet's advice had been to put him down.
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5th September 2002
Fred Merriam Named USET Athlete of the Month for August 2002
Gladstone, NJ—September 4, 2002—Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for August after he won the Bronze Medal at the Worlds Singles Driving Championships in Conty, France, August 28-September 1, becoming the first U.S driver ever to win a World Championship Individual Medal.
Merriam, who drove Gaitwood Lightwing, owned by Nicholas J. Mercede, finished the dressage phase in 13th place with a score of 47.00 penalties. After his 17th place finish in the marathon with a score of 78.33 penalties, Merriam stood in 11th place overall. His clear round in the cones phase, the only one of the day, boosted Merriam into third place overall with a total of 125.33 penalties.
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5th September 2002

Mounted Games Association's World Individual Championships
Results from Mounted Games Association's World Individual Championships at Newark and Notts Showground (July 30- August 4).
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5th September 2002

MGA Intercounties
This was one of the most exciting finals seen at the Inter Counties at Stoneleigh in recent years. After 5 gasmes Buckinghamshire has a 9 point lead over South Staffs, a 12 opint lead over Sussex and a 16 point lead over Royal Berkshire! However, the teams did not give up and Buckinghamshire's loead dwindled away and was gradually overtaken. Congratulations to the Sussex Champions for the second year in a row.
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4th September 2002
Fred Ballets Into The Ribbons
Fred was just not a happy camper when he arrived at the ranch several winters ago. He seemed to be at war with everyone who rode him, and he usually came out the winner. He had hurt and intimidated the best riders in the area and in the process had established quite a reputation. It had gotten to the point where no one wanted to work with him. His owner had shared her frustration with her farrier who had referred her to me, thank you very much. She and I had spoken on the phone several times and I was admittedly a little nervous about working with Fred. She had done everything but talk me out of taking him on.
It was mid afternoon on a harsh winter day when I first laid eyes on this seven-year-old light bay thoroughbred of about 16-3 on a substantial frame. He reeked of power and the certain ability to make quick work of an unprepared rider. I had immediate respect for his obvious athletic prowess. But he did not possess a mean eye, which was a hopeful sign. "Be careful. He's hurt everyone. I don't want you to get hurt," Meg had warned me. She had also given me the phone number of the previous victim and encouraged me to call Rochelle Winder to hear her story.
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4th September 2002
USET Names Eventing Squad For World Equestrian Games
Gladstone, NJ—September 3, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that the following horse-and-rider combinations were named to the Squad for the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Eventing Team: Darren Chiacchia (RG Renegade) ; Gina Miles (McKinlaigh) ; David O'Connor (Custom Made or Giltedge) ; Kimberly Severson (Vinoski Royal Venture or Winsome Adante) ; Amy Tryon (My Beau or Poggio II) ; John Williams (Carrick)
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4th September 2002

Munster Championships to go ahead
The Munster Committee of the Show Jumping Association of Ireland last night (Monday, Sept 2) decided it had no option but to proceed with this Saturday's Munster Championships Finals. The committee had been requested to postpone the showcase after it emerged it clashed with a similar event in Connacht.
Munster Committee chairperson, Joan Keane said: "We considered the request, but felt we had to proceed due to the lack of alternative dates. It is regretful this situation has arisen, but we were left with no choice."
The championships, which will be held in Cahir, boast a prize-fund of 17,000 euro and have attracted the top riders from every county in the province, including six-times national champion Francis Connors and European pony bronze medallist Anthony Condon.
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4th September 2002
Grants Approved For International Athletes And Organisations
USA Equestrian's Executive Committee met on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 and approved $97,600 in grants for international competition purposes. Drivers who participated in the World Singles Driving Championship in Conty, France held August 31 - September 1, 2002, as well as athletes and organizations participating in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, September 10 - 22, 2002, were recipients.
The grants were approved after consideration of applications, based on need, and ranged from $2,500 to $5,000 per athlete. Included is a $32,600 grant to reimburse the Reining Horse Sports Foundation for investment of personal capital to facilitate Reining's inclusion in the World Equestrian Games and $5,000 raised by the USA Equestrian Vaulting Committee to reimburse the United States Equestrian Team (USET) to cover housing expenses for the members of the vaulting team participating in the World Equestrian Games. The vaulting team, Free Artists Creative Equestrian (F.A.C.E.) received $5,000 and the individual vaulters received $2,500 each.
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4th September 2002
USOC Reaffirms USET’s Responsibility For International Equestrian Programs
GLADSTONE, NJ—September 3, 2002--In a letter addressed to USA Equestrian (USAE) President Alan F. Balch and United States Equestrian Team (USET) President Armand Leone, Jr., the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has stated that the USET will continue to be responsible for international equestrian competition.
The letter is dated September 3, 2002 and signed by USOC President Marty Mankamyer. It states that the USET and USAE are to "maintain the status quo vis-a-vis the opportunity of athletes, coaches, trainers, managers and administrators to prepare for and participate in protected competitions, including World Championships and other international events."
The letter states that all USOC funding for equestrian sport will be “sent directly to the USET” and that “the USET will continue to maintain its current level of programming and activities.”
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4th September 2002
Merriam Takes Home The Bronze In World Driving Championship
Fred Merriam of Newfane, Vermont, won the individual bronze medal in the World Singles Driving Championship in Conty, France on August 29 - September 1, 2002.
With the only clear round in the time allowed in the cones competition, Merriam vaulted from 11th place to win the individual bronze, missing the silver medal by fractions with an ending score of 125.33. Stephanie Chouzenoux of France won the individual gold with a score of 123.29 after Anne-Violaine Brisou, also of France, was eliminated because her groom touched the reins during the cones competition. Marie Kahrle of Sweden won the individual silver medal with a final tally of 125.17.
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4th September 2002
Fred Merriam Wins Bronze Medal at World Singles Championship
Gladstone, NJ—September 3, 2002—Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, driving Gaitwood Lightwing owned by Nicholas J. Mercede, won the Bronze Medal at the World Singles Championship in Conty, France, August 28 – September 1. This marks the first individual medal ever won by an American in a World Driving Championship.
Merriam finished the dressage phase in 13th place with a score of 47.00 penalties. After his 17th place finish in the marathon with a score of 78.33 penalties, Merriam stood in 11th place overall. His clear round in the cones phase, the only one of the day, boosted Merriam into third place overall with a total of 125.33 penalties.
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3rd September 2002

Federation Equestre Internationale News
2 September 2002

World Single Driving Championship In Conty (Fra)
Stéphane Chouzenoux ( FRA)123,29 won the individual title of the second edition of the World Single Driving Championship which took place last week-end in Conty, France. Further to the elimination of Anne-Violaine Brisou (her groom touched the reins during the cone competition), France missed the team title, which was won by Sweden.
Extraordinary meeting of the Eventing Committee
The Chairman of the Eventing Committee, Wayne Roycroft (AUS) called an emergency meeting on Sunday 1 September with his committee, the manager of the Olympic and Eventing department and additional advisors.The Committee is in the process of formalising recommendations to the FEI Executive Board on the best ways to counter the report of the Olympic Programme Commission which stated that Eventing should be excluded from the programme of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Samsung Nations Cup Series: Super League team selection
After CSIO Rotterdam (NED) and Gijon (ESP) last weekend, Germany is, with 63 points, the leader of the 2002 standings counting for the selection to the initial season of the Super League in 2003. The winner of the Samsung Nations Cup World Final, Italy, followed with 50 points, ahead of France (48).
Judicial Committee Meeting
The FEI Judicial Committee met in Paris (FRA) on 27 and 28 August 2002. The Committee dealt with several pending judicial matters and held a hearing with one rider. The decisions for the individual cases will be published in the FEI Bulletin as soon as the appeal periods have passed.
FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
With no surprise, Ludger Beerbaum is the undisputed leader of the rankings with 3632 pts, followed by Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE). Lars Nieberg (GER) went up two places and is now 4th, as he only dropped a limited number of points last month.
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3rd September 2002
The Blue Cross launches Safe Trailer campaign
A leading animal welfare charity is highlighting the dangers facing horses in the UK every day through poorly maintained and dangerous trailers. The Blue Cross is launching a Safe Trailer campaign aimed at reducing unnecessary injury, suffering and even death of horses during routine trailer transport. This comes as one of the UK's leading equine vets estimates that up to three horses every day are treated as a result of transport related injuries. Many horse owners are simply unaware of the vital importance of regular trailer maintenance that can result in horrendous injuries to horses, sometimes in the middle of journeys. The collapse of poorly maintained trailer floors is one of the most common problems.
The campaign, which will be launched at the Blenheim Horse Trials on 5-6 September, urges owners to undertake simple checks before transporting horses by trailer. The Blue Cross is offering free practical advice and guidance on trailer safety and maintenance in the form of an easy-reference leaflet produced in conjunction with respected towing expert John Henderson. In addition the charity is liaising with key trailer manufacturers, dealers and towing authorities to ensure that everything possible is done to provide for safe trailer travel for horses.
Robert Webb-Bowen, Director of Equine Welfare at the Blue Cross says: “Fatal injuries to horses caused through unsafe trailer transport are more common than you think. Unlike other countries in Europe, the UK has no trailer MOT test, so making sure your own trailer is safe and legal is entirely your responsibility. Yet many horse owners remain unaware of how to keep their trailer in safe working order. This leaflet will play a vital role in making horse owners aware of what is necessary.
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3rd September 2002

BEF Will Support British Eventing In Fight To Retain Eventing As An Olympic Sport
BEF is working hard, with British Eventing, to counter the report by the Olympic Programme Commission to the IOC Executive Board which recommends the exclusion of the Eventing equestrian discipline from the Programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Beijing 2008).

The Deputy Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association confirmed in a letter to the BEF that any decisions on the 2008 programme have been deferred until the IOC session in Mexico City in November 2002.
BEF will seek to contribute, with British Eventing (BE), to the FEI presentation to the IOC defending Eventing.
BEF notes the recommendation to review team events in individual sports could also affect the other Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping. BEF will seek to work with British Show Jumping Association (BSJA), British Dressage (BD), FEI and BOA to secure their full roles within the Olympic family
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3rd September 2002

The National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships
More than 300 riders competed at the National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead (August 31). Winner of the Schools Senior Championship was the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge. The team of Jesse Murray, riding More Miles, Joanna Magill on Clover Hill King and Emma Day with Eriss finished 11 faults better than St Finians College, Ireland, with Millfield School, Somerset, in third place.
The Junior title went to the Winchester House, Brackley, Northants, team of Fiona Hilton Jones with Gamble, Alice Parsons riding The Irish Colonel and Victoria Turner and Dunni The Dun. Second was Homewood School, Kent, and third Millfield School, Somerset.
A popular win in the Pony Club Championship went to Iveagh from County Armagh, Ireland, whose team of Darren McAlinden, Lisa Priestley, Laura McCann and Angela Percy together with supporters spent two days travelling to the championships. They finished 20 faults clear of the Old Berkeley Pony Club who in turn were 3½ faults better than Hampshire.
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3rd September 2002

EQUITANA Brisbane
16-24 November 2002
September News Update

EQUITANA Brisbane is fast approaching and in order to start planning your visit to the event, we have put together a guide that outlines the activities available each day.
YOUR GUIDE TO EQUITANA BRISBANE One day is not enough to see all that EQUITANA has to offer!
MANE EVENT UPDATE This year the Mane Event will pay tribute to some of our greatest movie eras and themes, in a two and a half-hour live show that promises to take you on the ride of your life!
GUY MCLEAN - "The Man from Susan River"

Crowd favourite, Guy McLean is back again in 2003 for his third EQUITANA. The bushman from Susan River, Queensland, likes to bill himself as "the thinking Horseman", basing his training philosophy on a burning desire to find better ways to build relationships with horses. By refusing to use force and instead asking the horse to do the job as a partner, Guy believes you can accomplish just about anything.
CAMPDRAFTING MASTERS
16 & 17 November 2002, RNA Showgrounds
Campdrafting is one of the most popular equestrian sports in Queensland and EQUITANA Brisbane will have $10,000 in prize money to ensure that it will be one of the best competitions in Australia.
The sport of campdrafting is conducted in a set of yards that are attached to an arena. The competitor is required to 'cut out' a beast from the yard or 'camp', then follow it through an opened gate into the arena where he must guide the beast around a course of right and left hands turns before guiding it through a gate. This has to occur all in the space of a few short minutes.

EKKA COMPETITION WINNER Thank you to all of those who came and visited us at the EKKA in Brisbane. We had a fantastic time speaking to the many horse enthusiasts who converged on the RNA Showgrounds for ten massive days. We would also like to congratulate Alison Alexander from Karana Downs in Queensland for winning a double Gold Pass to EQUITANA. Alison will be able to experience all six days of the event, including the Mane Event - the greatest horse show in Australia.
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3rd September 2002
PA Woman Convicted of Cruelty to Two Horses
Oley, PA- District Justice Mess found Donna McGraff guilty on 2 counts of cruelty to animals under PA Crimes Code, Title 18, Section 5511(c) on August 27, 2002. On the first count involving 2 horses maintained in unsanitary conditions, Judge Mess fined McGraff $200.00 plus court costs. On the second count Judge Mess fined McGraff $700.00 and ordered forfeiture of the horse and full restitution in excess of $900.00 to the Large Animal Protection Society, LAPS. The guilty verdicts followed a 3-hour hearing on August 23, 2002 where 2 veterinarians, a LAPS Humane Society Police Officer and several other witnesses provided testimony.
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2nd September 2002
Sahib's Waltzes Through His Trauma
I had heard Sahib's tragic story long before meeting him last week. A year earlier as a yearling he had spooked and run through not one, two, or three fences, but four and two of them barbed wire. His whole body had been slashed up and it was questionable whether he would survive. Hundreds of stitches and thousands of dollars later, he had not only survived, but to even a discerning eye, healed up remarkably well. But the mental scars were far too deep for his owner, Kathy Raider to deal with. The sight of a lead rope would send him flying into the walls of his stall in terror. Kathy had wanted to bring him to my clinic the previous weekend, but of course he couldn't be loaded, nor would it have been the right venue to help him.
I arrived at al-Zarka Arabian Horse Farm in the middle of a beautiful windless afternoon on the first day of November. Kathy Raider raised high-end Arabians of rare Egyptian bloodlines. Her attractive adobe house fronted the property that sat high on the plains above Colorado Springs. The majestic Rocky Mountains with Pike's Peak at the center framed her views to the west. The 12-stall barn, white fenced arena, and round pen sat a good distance behind the house and were well positioned to function as breeding and training facility. It was truly a show place with very fancy horses to match it.
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2nd September 2002
Margie Engle Makes History with Third Consecutive Win in the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix at the 2002 Hampton Classic
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— September 1, 2002 — For the third year in a row, Margie Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, FL, celebrated victory in the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix to close out the 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Engle made Hampton Classic history by becoming the first rider to win the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix for three consecutive years. From the 37 horse-rider combinations who contested Sunday’s Grand Prix, Engle was the first to post a clear round despite being only the fourth rider to successfully tackle the challenge set by course designer Conrad Homfeld.
First back for the five-horse jump-off, there was no doubt of Engle’s intent to win as she blistered around the course in a time of 41.58 seconds aboard Hidden Creek’s Perin, her Sydney Olympic mount. Engle waited for the other four riders to find out if her time would hold, but none who followed even came close to besting Engle’s faultless performance.
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2nd September 2002
Kristy McCormack Captures $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — September 1, 2002 — Amateur show jumping talent was showcased with the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby at the 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
Kristy McCormack of Lakewood, NY, was the big winner in the Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, riding off with $7,500 in prize money for her performance riding Marga. Of the 27 riders who started, six advanced to the jump-off. Second-last to ride in the jump-off, McCormack posted a clear round in a time of 32.79 seconds. The final rider in the ring, junior competitor Krista Freundlich of Locust, NJ, gave it her best shot with Laurin but fell short when the timers stopped in 33.85 seconds.
Open to Junior riders age 18 and under and Amateur-Owner riders, the top 30 riders from Friday’s $7,500 Hampton Classic Derby Welcome Stake qualified for Sunday’s $25,000 Calvin Klein Derby. Freundlich was Thursday’s winner while McCormack placed third.
For the third year, the Hampton Classic Horse Show hosted the Young Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals, showcasing the nation’s top developing show jumping horses.
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2nd September 2002

Show Jumping - O'Brien Clinches Gijon Grand Prix
After a disappointing Nations Cup at Gijon this week, the Army Equitation School's Lt. David O'Brien restored Ireland's pride with a convincing Grand Prix win at the Spanish show today (Sunday), riding the Irish-bred <Boherdeal Clover> and collecting prize money of over 18000 Euro.
Lt. Shane Carey took Fifth in the Grand Prix, with <Killossery>. Lt. David O'Brien had already won the Speed Final at Gijon on Friday with <Killossery Kruisette>. Please click here for further details

2nd September 2002

Show Jumping Result: CHIO Rotterdam Netherlands 29 August - 1 September 2002
Samsung Nations Cup of the Netherlands, International Jumping Competition
1) GERMANY, 2) NETHERLANDS, 3) BRAZIL, 4) GT. BRITAIN, 5) FRANCE, 6) ITALY

Minolta Prize, International Jumping Competition
1) KALUSHA; Robert SMITH (GBR), 2) GARRONTURTON LADY; Dermott LENNON (IRL), 3) LORD LIBERTY W; Robert WHITAKER (GBR)
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1st September 2002
The Pottok
The Pottok pony is in fact a small horse, native of the southwest of France. It's origins are not well known.
The one thing which is certain is that this pony has lived and bred in the Basques mountains for a very long time. Prehistoric engravings were found in caves of the Basque country, in both France and Spain.
In France, some breeders think that the Pottok is the origin of the colored horses of America. They would have been imported by Spanish navigators during the 16th and 17th century, as pack-horses.
Today, the Pottok are bred by many breeders throughout France. This pony is mainly used for pleasure riding, but some breeders take their favorite ponies to compete in jumping, dressage, driving, cross country and endurance… with success and honor.
With a long history, kind and easygoing nature when raised by conscientious breeders, the Pottok is a real " Family " pony.
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1st September 2002

Maggie Jayne Rides in High Style in the CK Equitation Championship at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — August 31, 2002 — Maggie Jayne of Palm Beach, FL, rode Grappa to the win in the $10,000 Calvin Klein Equitation Championship at the 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
The victory marked the third win in five years for Grappa, the Hanoverian gelding who last year carried Canadian Brian Walker to the winner’s circle after claiming top honors in 1998 for owner Sarah B. Willeman.

For riders aged 14-21, Jayne and Grappa also won the first phase of competition on Thursday, besting the field of 39 entries. The top ten riders then advanced to Saturday’s Final, where the winner is determined by combining the scores from both phases. Riders are judged on their riding style as they negotiate fences set at heights ranging from 3’6” to 3’9”.
Unique to this class is that it is the trainers of the riders who are recognized with the $10,000 Trainer’s Award. As the winning trainer, Missy Clark of East Aurora, NY, was awarded a trophy and $2,500, the winner’s portion of the $10,000 prize money.
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1st September 2002

McLain Ward Tough As Nails in $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— August 31, 2002 — McLain Ward flew to the finish with Flier to win the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at the 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY. Only four of 35 horse-rider combinations advanced to the jump-off over the course set by American Olympic team gold medalist, Conrad Homfeld. Ward was the only rider to post a second clear round when he returned for the jump-off and also had the fastest time, 38.55 seconds.

“He’s a very green horse, we only bought him in April, but I felt he handled himself wonderfully,” said Ward, who owns the 8-year-old selle francais gelding in partnership with Harry Gill. “I went as fast as I could today, I felt this was the time to push him and see how he would react.”
The Sally Hansen Grand Prix was the only competition held on the grand prix field as show organizers are attempting to preserve the grass footing, which suffered from heavy rainfall on Thursday, for Sunday’s $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, beginning at 1:30 p.m. “The management is doing everything they can, but it is an outdoor sport on grass footing,” remarked Ward, who will ride two horses in Sunday’s grand prix, the maximum allowed.
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1st September 2002

Hanley Takes Six-Bar In Rotterdam
Ireland's Cameron Hanley, riding the 10 yr old bay gelding <Laveletto>, won the daunting Six-Bar competition in Rotterdam last night (Friday), and a prize of Eur3000. Ireland's Cian O'Connor, meanwhile, repeated his Six-Bar success at Dublin CSIO last month by riding <Irish Independent Casper> into second, though had to share the place with the Netherlands' Emile Hendrix and Yves Houtackers, both of whom also lowered one pole in the final round.
The Irish team takes part in the Rotterdam Nations' Cup on Sunday.
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