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28th September 2002

Improved Hickstead Equine Event Promises More Bargains
Better parking, an improved catering area, separate coffee bar - and bargains galore!
That's the message for the second year of the Hickstead Equine Event to be held at the All England Jumping Course on January 10, 11 and 12.
Last year's opening Event broke all its launch targets in attendance and sales, but organising group Primary Sport Management's David Crockford is convinced that this year's will be even bigger and better.
"We have modified and redesigned everything which caused minor irritations, but the most important thing is that the traders did very well and will be encouraged to do even more in the way of post-Christmas bargains," he said.
The public forums - where team managers from showjumping, dressage and horse trials talked about plans and problem solving - are also being re-shaped. "They were extremely popular with the public and we are building on that success to present something even better this year," said Mr Crockford.
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28th September 2002

A solution to tendon problems ?
Dr David Chapman-Jones, a specialist in sport and exercise medicine, writes this important article about tendons. In association with the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, City University, London and a number of European Medical Centres he has focused his research and clinical activities on soft-tissue disorders, particularly those seen in tendons. Dr Chapman-Jones has studied the way they work, heal and why they cause so many problems to both humans and horses.
A solution to tendon problems ?
From both a functional and biological perspective tendons
in humans are so similar to those found in animals what applies to one species could, and often does,
equally apply to another.
This is an important factor to bear in mind when designing, researching and evaluating new treatment regimes
Tendons, like a lot of things in life, are not given a moments thought until they go wrong - and when they do go wrong, as many athletes and horse owners will testify, oh dear, do they go wrong! Imagine the gripe of pain, like tooth ache, every time you move your arm or leg then imagine this becoming progressively worse and lasting, in some cases, for years.
This paints a depressingly dark picture but what makes it blacker is the apparent lack of coherent treatment regimes available to sufferers. This appears to be equally as true in the equine world as the human one. So is there an answer as how to reliable and reproducibly treat tendon problems in humans or horses? I believe there is - micro-current, clinically and scientifically proven to be the most effective method to date to treat both chronic and acute disorders in tendons and ligaments.
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28th September 2002
Hickstead To Stage New M&M Championship At RIHS
Hickstead, encouraged by the rapidly growing interest in Mountain and Moorland classes, is to introduced a new British Show Pony Society championship at next year's (subs - 2003) Royal International Horse Show.
It will be the culmination of a series with qualifying classes at up to 25 shows nationwide and will be held on the Thursday of the RIHS, provisionally scheduled for July 23-27.
Mountain and Moorland ridden classes are acknowledged as one of the fastest growth areas of the British showing calendar, alongside those for coloured horses and ponies. The RIHS successfully introduced coloured classes on to its schedule in 2002.
Hickstead saw the need for a mid-summer championship which will encourage early-season competitions around the country. It recognised that the BSPS, with its proven links with the RIHS, would be the ideal partner because of its large membership and high number of affiliated shows.
The new series will be called the BSPS Heritage Mountain and Moorland Championship and be made up of Open Leading Rein, Open First Ridden, Mini Championship, three Open Ridden classes and an Open Ridden Championship.
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28th September 2002
USA Equestrian Approves Criteria For Driving Championships
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee met Wednesday, September 25, and approved criteria for the selection of the U.S. team to compete at the FEI World Pony Driving Championship, to be held August 14 - 17, 2003, in Karlstetten, Austria.
The criteria for the selection of the U.S. team to compete at the FEI World Pair Driving Championship, to be held in Haras de Jardy, France, September 18 - 21, 2003 was also approved during the September 25 meeting.
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28th September 2002
Ireland 3rd In Zagreb Nations Cup
The Irish show jumping team finished Third at the Nations Cup in Zagreb today (Friday), behind Switzerland and Germany. Ireland tied with Germany on penalties, but were slower on time.
The result was:1) SWITZERLAND, 2) GERMANY, 3) IRELAND
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28th September 2002

The Kent Group becomes APHA's latest corporate sponsor
FORT WORTH, Texas-The Kent Group, one of the world's largest privately owned manufacturers and distributors of livestock feed, has become the latest sponsor of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
APHA's involvement with the Kent Group, based in Muscatine, Iowa, will help the association provide enhanced prize packages for association activities.

The Kent Group comprises three feed companies, including Kent Feeds Inc., Blue Seal Feeds Inc., and Evergreen Mills.
Kent Feeds, also in Muscatine, was established 75 years ago and serves customers in the Midwest. Blue Seal Feeds, a 150-year-old company, located in Londonderry, N.H., has a customer base in the Northeast. Evergreen Mills, in Ada, Okla., serves the Southwest and has been in business for 100 years.
"With more than 300 years of combined experience in the feed business, the Kent Group has developed an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the livestock and companion animal industries," said Art Lurndal, the company's vice president of advertising, promotions and public relations.
"We are deeply committed to continuing our tradition of investing our resources heavily in research and development, continually making top-quality feed available to our customers."
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28th September 2002

2003 European National Vaulting Championship Selection Criteria Available
At a meeting held Wednesday, September 25, the USA Equestrian Executive Committee approved the selection criteria for the 2003 European National Vaulting Championships. For the second time the Championships will be held in Saumur, France on August 7-10, 2003.
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28th September 2002

Michelle L. Adaway Named Advertising Manager for The Horse
LEXINGTON, KY-- September 27, 2002 --- The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care announces that Michelle L. Adaway has been named advertising manager for the Magazine effective immediately. In her new role, Adaway will be in charge of many major accounts as well as oversee marketing and sales efforts. Adaway joined the Magazine in January of 2000 as an advertising representative. She assumes the position previously held by Lisa Heider Eifler, who resigned the position to spend more time with her family. Eifler will remain with The Horse as an Advertising Sales Representative.
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27th September 2002

Tedra Bates Wins the 2002 BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Final-West
Gladstone, NJ—September 26, 2002—Tedra Bates of Carmel, CA, won the 2002 BET/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Show Jumping Talent Search Final-West, held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, September 18-22.
Bates, who placed fifth in last year’s Final, finished in front of Andrew Ramsay of Oakland, CA, who took second. Third place went to Matthew Sereni of Los Altos, CA.
The BET/USET Talent Search Finals on the East and West coasts are open to equitation riders under the age of 21, who have qualified through their placement in regional BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search classes held throughout the year.

The BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Final, one of the nation’s most prestigious equitation competitions, consists of four competition phases designed to provide competitors with a challenging and rigorous final and help the USET identify future international competitors. In the flat phase, riders perform specific tests of their riding skills without jumps; in the gymnastic phase, riders jump combinations of obstacles. During the jumping phase, competitors negotiate a grand prix style jumping course of fences. Only the top four riders return to begin the fourth phase, a ride-off. During this final phase, riders compete with their own horse over a course of jumps, and then ride each of the other entries’ horses over the same course.
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27th September 2002
Show Jumping - O'Shea Wins First International Class
TWENTY-FIVE year old Paul O'Shea from Co. Limerick notched up his first ever international win at the World Cup show in Zagreb, Croatia today (Thursday), riding <Liffey Valley>, the former mount of Hazel O'Callaghan , who died in July, after a tragic accident. The horse is owned by her mother, Shelagh. Paul's win was in the major class of the day, the 1.40 Jump-Off.
He took over the ride on <Liffey Valley> during the summer, and has won two national Grands Prix in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League, at Newcastle West and Celbridge.
Zagreb is his first international outing on the horse.
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27th September 2002
USA Equestrian Awards $25,000 In Grants
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee met on Wednesday, September 25, and approved $25,000 in new Torchbearer Grants to 7 athletes and the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team. The grants ranged from $2,500 to $5,000. This brings the Torchbearer grant total to approximately $125,000.
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27th September 2002
Statement Issued On Behalf Of SJAI Chairman, Tony Hurley
At a meeting of the Show Jumping Association Executive in Dublin on Tuesday, September 24, it was decided that the North Wexford Show should retain the Grand Prix status accorded to it as part of the 2002 Kerrygold Grand Prix League.
As this decision did not change the points awarded to riders who competed, Francis Connors remains the Kerrygold Grand Prix League Champion. However, the Executive was concerned that the initial allocation of the North Wexford Show had led to Conor Swail lodging an objection to the overall League result, in which he finished second.
It was decided because of the issue that arose in these exceptional circumstances, Conor Swail would be offered financial reward similar to that given to the League winner, by way of compensation for the misunderstanding that had arisen over the North Wexford Show. That offer has now been made to him in writing.
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26th September 2002

Aromatherapy for Your Horse
presented by Catherine Bird ~ Author ~ A Healthy Horse the Natural Way (New Holland Publishers)
Catherine will be presenting her weekend clinic on aromatherapy and the use of essential oils at Homeway Farm, Glastonbury UK 12 and 13 October and Westminster MD USA 19 and 20 October.
This interesting weekend will begin with looking at how aromatherapy has developed to give the participant an understanding of the foundation behind the application of essential oils with horses. Essential oils can have an effect on the body on many levels.
The role aromatherapy has to play with the life of the horse is varied and there are certain situations where aromatherapy will enhance the environment and others where competition rules may restrict the use of essential oils. The student will be made aware of the wonders and the limitations of this therapy in a sensible, commonsense approach. The student will also learn how to understand the horse’s reactions to each scent and in doing so understand the innate understanding the horse has of his own needs.
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26th September 2002

USET Makes History at 2002 World Equestrian Games
A Record 8 Medals Brought Home

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 24, 2002–The United States Equestrian Team (USET) made history at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, September 11-22. U.S. riders, drivers and vaulters won a total of eight medals, doubling the U.S.’s best previous performance.

The final tally for the U.S. was three Gold, three Silver and two Bronze medals, by far the best U.S. performance at any World Equestrian Games. U.S. teams won World Championship medals in six of the seven disciplines, doing better than any country, including France, who won seven medals in four disciplines, and Germany, who did win nine medals, but in only three disciplines.
“This is a proud moment for all Americans,” said USET President Armand Leone, Jr. “Not only does this record-setting performance speak volumes about the ability, dedication and hard work of our athletes and their support staff, but it is also a tribute to the many thousands of Americans whose contributions to the USET helped provide the resources needed to put our athletes in a position to get the job done.”
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26th September 2002
Blood-Horse Publications and Hammond Communications Group announce strategic multimedia partnership agreement.
Lexington, KY-- Hammond Communications Group and Blood-Horse Publications, two prominent companies in the equine industry, have agreed to a strategic multimedia partnership agreement. As part of the agreement, Hammond Equine, a division of Hammond Communications Group, will act as the multimedia provider for Blood-Horse Publications and its customers. Services provided by Hammond Equine include web design and development, Interactive CD-ROM, DVD and video / film production. Services provided by Blood-Horse Publications include print and web marketing and secure, high-quality web hosting.
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25th September 2002
Dermott Lennon
Champion of the World
DERMOTT LENNON is the first Irish rider to become show jumping World Champion.
On September 22, 2002, at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, the 33 year-old Co. Down man, on the Irish-bred mare ‘Liscalgot’, took the title previously held by legendary Brazilian rider Rodrigo Pessoa, and made Irish sporting history.
He will hold the title of World Champion for four years, and is now automatically qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
In September, 2002, three Irish riders - Dermott Lennon, Peter Charles and Kevin Babington - finished in the Top Ten Individual rankings at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. But Dermott won the Individual Gold Medal.
No other Irish rider has ever become Show Jumping World Champion in the nation’s long and distinguished equestrian history.
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25th September 2002
SEIB Leads The Search For Olympic Gold
Likely future stars of showing, dressage, showjumping and eventing will be named at this year's Horse of the Year Show, thanks to South Essex Insurance Brokers.
The company, which bases its national operation in Essex, is supporting both the Search for a Star and British Equestrian Federation Young Horse Evaluation series, both designed to discover horses capable of achieving national and international fame.
The South Essex Insurance Brokers/BEF Young Horse Evaluation Series has been running countrywide qualification classes, from which 38 horses have been named to go forward to the HOYS. The series is aiming to identify horses, and most importantly, bloodlines, on which future Olympic gold medal wins can be based.
Search for a Star, now in its seventh year, gives owners and riders their chance to compete at this leading show, and also identifies horses and ponies capable of national showing success. So far it has found two HOYS champions and one reserve champion as well as several going on to County show wins.
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25th September 2002
Horse Welfare Charity Welcomes UK Stance on Animals Moving to Slaughter in the EU
At a televised debate on animal welfare at yesterday's (Monday 23 September) EU Agriculture Council, Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State pushed for shorter journey times for animals moving to slaughter in the EU. She went on to say that they should be introduced without delay.
The UK is pushing for a maximum journey time of 8 hours, with some exceptions, and the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) welcomes this stance. Says Jo White, Campaigns Manager at the ILPH, "We are extremely pleased that the Government wants to see a reduction in the maximum journey time for animals travelling to slaughter from the present 24 to 28 hours which we feel is totally unacceptable."
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25th September 2002

U.S. Book Festival Welcomes Canadian Children's Author
RENO, NV – Nikki Tate appeared at the sixth annual Great Basin Book Festival in Reno Saturday along with 24 other authors from around the world. Held at the picturesque Wingfield Park in downtown Reno, the Festival featured book readings, signings and performances by authors of a variety of genres.
Nikki, author of 11 novels for children, participated in a panel discussion which included Nigerian children’s writer Slade Njoku. Along with two other panelists, they explored the writing process, characters and settings as they apply to children’s literature. Nikki spoke to young aspiring writers at the Teen Tent, and then demonstrated her considerable acting skills as she assumed the persona of King Arthur’s chamber maid to deliver an energetic monologue at the Amphitheatre.
Fans, both young and old, took the opportunity to meet Nikki at the signing tent where she autographed her books and talked about her Pony Express adventures of the previous two weeks.
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25th September 2002

Hickstead In 2002
Attendance at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead's two shows this year totalled 84,750 - 40,432 at the Hickstead Derby Meeting and 44,318 at the Golden Jubilee Royal International Horse Show.
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25th September 2002
Néris les Bains - France
FEI Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - September 21st 2002
Néris les Bains
A Ride report by Ken Low
The "Auvergne Equestre Endurance" organized their first CEI** Masters Ride on the 21st. September in the delightful spa town of Néris les Bains.
The ride took place in favorable weather conditions, and although there were certain muddy spots due to previous heavy rain overall the going was generally good.
The first 2 stages, respectively 38 and 32 kms. which were considered to be the most technically difficult due to undulating terrain did not take as big a toll as had been originally visualized. The 4th. and final stage of 28 kms. was a very fast galloping stage, which led to a very exciting finish.
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24th September 2002
U.S. Wins Five Medals In Final Weekend Of WEG
Peter Wylde and the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, Fein Cera (Landadel x Cera, by Cor de la Bryere), became the first U.S. participants to win a medal in jumping at the World Equestrian Games when they took the Bronze Medal with 12 total faults accumulated in the individual competition held Sunday, September 22, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The top four riders of the jumping competition came back on Sunday to go head-to-head for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. The riders switched mounts until each rider had ridden all four horses. Wylde's Fein Cera topped the other horses, receiving only 3 total faults in the four rounds of competition. Lennon Dermott of Ireland ended the day with 4 faults to take the Gold Medal and Navet Eric of France had 8 faults for the Silver Medal.
The United States ended with 8 medals overall, second only to Germany who finished with 9.
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24th September 2002
United States Wins Reining Team Gold at World Equestrian Games 2002
U.S. Riders Take Gold and Silver in Individual Competition
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 22, 2002 – The United States Equestrian Team became the first in the history of the World Championships to win a Gold Medal in the sport of Reining on Sunday, the final day of the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The U.S. squad received a combined score of 657.5 points in the final round. Canada captured their first WEG Medal with Silver scoring 650 and Italy took the Bronze with 646 points.
Individually, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, OH, riding San Jo Freckles, owned by Michael Harper, was crowned the first ever World Reining Champion with a score of 221.5. The Silver Medal was won in a run-off by Tom McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX, riding Conquistador Whiz, owned by George Shifrin, and the Bronze went to Shawna Sapergia of Canada, who also became the first and only woman to win a World Championship medal.
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24th September 2002

Air transport of competition horses to WEG in Jerez 2002
By Michaela Bowles
Air Contractors operating for DHL is the airline carrying the competition horses to the World Equestrian Games, currently underway in Jerez, Spain.
The horses are amazing in their confidence and fortitude. It is a given that all the horses that travel are seasoned travellers, not least in air travel. Many have been to Australia for the Olympic games. Still, it seems incredible that they are prepared to walk up a noisy ramp 12 feet (3m) into the sky. Although the ramp is high-sided, and a 15-16hh horse would not be able to see over the sides, these giants of the international equestrian world: Dressage, Show jumpers and Eventers, some standing at 17.5hh could see exactly where they are going!
Once inside the aircraft, they stand un-perturbed as the grooms built stalls around them in order to contain them. Many are so tall that those most sensitive of antennae, the tips of their ears are in constant contact with the interior shell of the fuselage.
The interior of the aircraft has all the usual padding that we human travellers are familiar with removed. This makes for a much noisier journey, and those ear tips are subjected in addition to the noise, to vibration and temperatures of between 5-10 C. The external air temperature is about -30 C, although the cabin itself is generally maintained at a temperature 21 C which is altered on demand.
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24th September 2002
Hearing Panel Asks U.S. Olympic Committee To Withdraw Its Decision Against USA Equestrian
Panel Seeks To Reopen Hearing On The Governance Of Equestrian Sports
USA Equestrian, the national governing body for equestrian sports in the United States, learned late last Friday that the United States Olympic Committee was asked earlier last week to revoke its recent decision adopting the Report and Recommendation of a USOC hearing panel, and to reopen the hearing on the current dispute over the governance of equestrian sports.
Last year, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) asked the USOC to decertify USA Equestrian as the national governing body for horse sports in the U.S. After a hearing last fall before a panel of five USOC board members, the panel recommended that unless USA Equestrian and USET agree to some new structure for governing the sport, the position of national governing body would be declared vacant. The Board of Directors adopted this Report and Recommendation as the official decision of the USOC on August 2, 2002. After repeated refusals by the USET to engage in negotiations, USA Equestrian formally asked that the dispute be resolved in a public hearing before the American Arbitration Association, as provided by federal law.
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24th September 2002
U.S. Show Jumper Peter Wylde Wins Individual Bronze Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 22, 2002 – Peter Wylde of the United States won the Bronze Medal in the individual Show Jumping World Championship on Sunday, the final day of the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Lennon Dermott of Ireland was crowned the new World Champion and gave Ireland its first World Championship medal. Eric Navet of France could not repeat his World Champion performance of the 1990 WEG in Stockholm, Sweden and took home the Silver Medal. Fourth place went to Helena Lundback of Sweden.
All four riders started with a clean slate in the Final Four and started the initial round on their own horse. The first to go was Lennon Dermott who went clean on Liscalgot. Helea Lundback was next won Utfors Mynta and incurred the first rail of the day. Eric Navet was third in the line-up and also went clear on Dollar du Murier HTS de Seine.
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23rd September 2002
The Riding Tree: Communicating Through The Aids
WAVERLY, WVAids are physical pressures a rider uses to communicate with the horse. When the horse responds correctly to the pressure, the pressure goes away. So a correct response rewards the horse.
Think of individual aid pressures as “words” that have a specific meaning to the horsechange gait, go left, go right. As both horses and riders progress in their training, they begin combining several aids into “sentences” with greater nuances of meaning than a single wordget ready for an extended trot after we make this left turn, spin to the left when you come to the end of this slide.

Aids are not the same as cues. The horse responds to voice commands or to a click that means trot, or a bump that means canter is responding to conditioned cues. This is a different communication system and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. The problem is that riders communicating with their horses via cues are working with a very limited vocabulary. Riders communicating via the aids have a full, rich vocabulary with many shades of meaning. In order to take a horse to the upper levels in any sport, you need this larger vocabulary.
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23rd September 2002

Lennon Wins Gold Medal At World Equestrian Games
IRELAND¹S DERMOTT LENNON, from Loughbrickland in Co. Down, riding the Irish-bred mare, Liscalgot, has won the World Championship Show Jumping Gold Medal at today¹s (Sunday) final competition in Jerez, Spain.
This is the first Gold ever won by Ireland at World Championship level.
Qualifying yesterday as one of the world¹s Top Four riders after four days of competition at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, the 33 yr old Lennon today competed against Eric Navet (France), Helena Lundback (Sweden) and Peter Wylde (USA), in a nerve-wracking jump-off that involved each finalist riding the other finalists¹ horses over a world championship course of jumps.
Lennon finished on faults, thereby clinching the World Gold Medal.
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22nd September 2002
United States Drivers Make History With Team Silver Medal Win at 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 21, 2002 – The United States Drivers made history winning the team Silver Medal in the Four-In-Hand Driving World Championship on Saturday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Until now the best finish for a U.S. Four-In-Hand team at a World Championship was fourth in 1984 and 1986.
All three drivers on the U.S. team went clear in Saturday’s concluding Cones phase finishing with a three-phase score of 286.52 penalties. The Netherlands won the Gold scoring 275.01 and the Bronze went to Germany with 291.54.
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22nd September 2002

WEG Show Jumping Final - Lennon Through To Top 4 Final On Sunday
IRELAND¹S DERMOTT LENNON, riding the Irish-bred mare, Liscalgot, is now through to the World Top Four who will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, tomorrow (Sunday).
In the penultimate show jumping competition today (Saturday), Lennon incurred just eight faults, enough to qualify him for tomorrow¹s World Individual Final. Ireland had three riders in the World's Top 25 today - Lennon, Peter Charles and Kevin Babington - all of whom incurred only four faults each in the first round. Babington and Charles had clear second rounds, but because Lennon came into today's penultimate competition in overall 6th, his chance of making the cut for the Top Four was always best.
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22nd September 2002

U.S. Show Jumper Peter Wylde Makes It To the Final Four at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 21, 2002 – After qualifying for the Final Four, Peter Wylde of the United States is in the hunt for the individual World Championship Show Jumping title at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. For the first time in 12 years, an American has made it to the Final Four, the last time being in 1990 when Greg Best and Gem Twist qualified in Stockholm, Sweden.
Wylde, who currently resides in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera, owned by the Fein Cera Group, led the standings going into the third individual Show Jumping Qualifier and was the last to jump in the first round. As all riders start with a clean slate in Sunday’s Final Four, all Wylde had to do was stay amongst the top four.

“I was incredibly nervous,” said Wylde. “When I entered the ring, the announcer said that I had two rails in hand. That made me very happy.”
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22nd September 2002
World Equestrian Games 2002
Gold: Team France Silver: Team Italy Bronze: Team Australia

Endurance Ride - Garrapilos - September 16th 2002
Team Medallists
A Ride report by Worldwide Rankings Data Office
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22nd September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Makes Final Mail Drop In Nevada
RENO, NV – Whooping and hollering, just like the Pony Express riders of 1860 would have done, Nikki Tate came racing into the playground of Reno’s Hunsberger school Friday to deliver the mail on the last stop of her trek across Nevada.
Digging into the mochila on her pony, Breezy’s back, Nikki delivered mail from students in her home province of British Columbia to students at Hunsberger, who had written letters for her to deliver on her return to Canada.
Over the past two weeks Nikki has talked to approximately 3,200 students at 18 schools across Nevada about the historical events that inspired her latest children’s novel, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). Starting out at Ely near the Utah border, she rode sections of the Pony Express trail mentioned in her book, re-living history and collecting stories that are sure to make their way into a sequel to Jo’s Triumph, a request of many of the students.
"I hope that by visiting the students I have managed to share some of my enthusiasm for both reading and writing," Nikki said. "If even one child discovers the magic of reading as a result of my trip, it will have been worth it".
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22nd September 2002

WEG Show Jumping Final - Lennon Moves To Third After First Round
Ireland's Dermott Lennon, riding the Irish-bred mare, Liscalgot, moved from 6th to 3rd position overall in the show jumping individual ranking after the first round of today's (Saturday) competition at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, racking up just four faults on a very strong course.
The second round, which will determine the Top Four riders for tomorrow's final, takes place at 7 pm Irish time today.
Ireland had three riders in the World's Top 25 today - Lennon, Peter Charles and Kevin Babington - all of whom incurred only four faults each in the first round. But because Lennon came into today's penultimate competition in overall 6th, his chance of making the cut for the Top Four seems best at the moment.
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