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17th Nov 2001 The Principles of Teaching Riding
The recognized official teaching manual of the Association Of British Riding Schools, the book has been co-authored by Karen Bush and Julian Marczak who between them have provided an absolute wealth of working knowledge and good advice to their readers. This new book promises to bring rich rewards to all riders from beginners up by saving them from a range of nightmare experiences often thrust upon them by inexperienced instructors and riding school managers!
Having read the book personally with the International spread of Equiworld members in mind, not to mention those who ride western, I was impressed with the way in which Julian and Karen, by sticking simply to the principals have produced a book which will work for readers world-wide. Knowing Julian personally, I can heartily recommend this book to anyone and especially to those who wish to teach others to ride or run a riding establishment.
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17th Nov 2001
BHS Sefton Awards For Safety
On Thursday 15 November 2001 the Master of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, Mr Michael Laurie, presented the British Horse Society Sefton Awards to three people who have made a significant contribution to equestrian safety.
The ceremony took place in the historic Saddlers Hall in the City of London by kind permission of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers
The SeftonAwards are named after the cavalry horse injured in the IRA bomb attack and are presented each year for services to the cause of equestrian safety. This is the eleventh year in which the awards are made. It takes the form of an engraved glass paperweight, and will be presented to the following people:
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17th Nov 2001 Third KWPN Select Sale stallion approved
Yesterday, the fall performance examination for three-year-old riding stallions was completed in Ermelo, the Netherlands. Eight stallions, among them Rockefeller (Marlon x Jasper), were registered by the KWPN (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands). With his approval, Rockefeller joins Revenge W (Animo) and Rousseau (Ferro) who had already been approved at the spring performance examination. All three of these approved stallions changed hands during the KWPN Select Sale on February third 2001, the latter being the auction’s top lot. They were part of a group of 21 stallions that were auctioned at an average of fl 80.000,-.
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17th Nov 2001
BHS Awards
On Thursday the BHS presented awards to nine people or organisations who have made a significant contribution to the equestrian world
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17th Nov 2001
USA Equestrian Explains Enforcement of Protective Headgear Requirements
Guidelines have been distributed to all USA Equestrian recognized competitions and to all relevant licensed officials relating to the enforcement of the new hunter/jumper protective headgear requirements for junior riders which will become effective December 1, 2001
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17th Nov 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Stuttgart Germany 14-18 Nov 2001
MERCEDES GERMAN MASTERS
=1) Handel II; Whitaker, Michael (GBR); =1)Camirez B; Merschformann, Markus (GER) ; 3) Gio Granno; Sloothaak, Franke (GER) ; 4) Meurer's Le Patron; Tebbel, Rene (GER)
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17th Nov 2001
Update on GPA4 SEI Certified Helmets
To clarify a November 9, 2001 release from the National Hunter/Jumper Council (NHJC) of USA Equestrian, there is only one model of GPA helmet, the GPA4, which has been certified as compliant with ASTM/SEI specifications. These are manufactured by LAS and distributed by Frantisi.
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17th Nov 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-W BERLIN 22-25 NOVEMBER 2001; CSI-A MAASTRICHT 29 NOVEMBER-2 DECEMBER 2001 ; CSI-A PARIS 30 NOVEMBER-2 DECEMBER 2001 ; CSI-W AMSTERDAM 13-16 DECEMBER 2001
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16th Nov 2001
FEI Children's International Jumping Competition World Final Scheduled
Stadium Jumping, Inc. will host the FEI Children's International Jumping Competition World Final November 28-December 2, 2001 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.
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16th Nov 2001 South West Christmas Equine Fair
Mary King At Equine Fair!
It's star quality as well as appeal when Mary King, from Seaton, Devon, top international Event rider and winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials last year with Star Appeal, visits the South West Christmas Equine Fair on Saturday, November 24th between 11.30 and 12.30. Apart from touring the two-day fair, Mary, Patron of the Devon Air Ambulance, will also be meeting their helicopter when it lands at the Westpoint showground around the same time.
The biggest and most lavish Christmas Equine Fair yet, visitors will be able to "shop till they drop" at the huge range of trade stands. There'll be a wide selection of saddlery, tack, feeds, rugs, clothing, tailoring, safety equipment, medical services, carriages and arenas, not to mention the specialist societies and associations offering expert advice and equine support.
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16th Nov 2001
PERA News
Visit www.peraworld.com for all the latest news on what's new for 2002.
- From January 2002 various changes will come into play. More specifically, these are:
- New dressage tests for all stars, CCI and CIC; New rule changes being bought in for 2002; New qualification system for 2002
So for all the latest, click onto the PERA website!
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16th Nov 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Stuttgart Germany 14-18 Nov 2001
Jeep Jump and Drive (Speed)
1) MobilCom Graziana ; Hassmann, Toni (GER), 2) Royale Love ; Marschall, Manfred (GER), 3) Melina; Pessoa, Rodrigo (BRA)
Mercedes-AMG Prize
1) Tinka's Boy; Fuchs, Markus (SUI), 2) Baloubet du Rouet; Pessoa, Rodrigo (BRA), 3) Albertino; Nieberg, Lars (GER)
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16th Nov 2001
USA Equestrian Explains Enforcement Of Protective Headgear Requirements
The following guidelines address issues relating to the enforcement of the new hunter/jumper protective headgear requirements for junior riders which will become effective December 1, 2001. These guidelines were distributed to all USA Equestrian recognized competitions and to all relevant licensed officials. Information regarding the new rule can be found on our website under Rules in a brochure titled New USA Equestrian Helmet Rule Explained
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16th Nov 2001
USET Website Wins Prestigious Joey Award
Gladstone, NJ—November 15, 2001—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) is proud to announce that its website, www.uset.org, has won the prestigious Joey Award. The USET website was developed by Total Media Group.
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16th Nov 2001
::Saddletude This Week::
AQHA World Show:: Ffrom the Arena to the Race Course:: Los Angeles Grand Prix::
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15th Nov 2001
The Dengie/Pony Club Scholarship Awards
The inaugural Dengie Scholarships took place at The British Equine Event. Four Pony Club members benefited from assistance with training, feed and equipment.
Ibby Macpherson (19) from Berwickshire, Ester Haughie (18) a working pupil with Ronnie Durrand, based at Bramham Park. Antonia Moller (21) who will train with Ginny Elliot and Stephanie Smith (21) from Somerset. They each won £600 worth of training plus £200 Of Dengie feed for both trainer and rider.
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15th Nov 2001
Eriskay Stand wins award at Equine Event
For the Eriskay Pony Society, the annual British Equine Event , held at Stoneleigh is a major date in the calendar. Every year a dedicated band of Eriskay enthusiasts from as far afield as Cornwall and Fort Augustus, get together to meet, man the stand and "spread the word " about Britain's most endangered native pony.
As a small society, money is must be carefully targeted for maximum benefit, and in recent years a little has been spent every year to update the Society's image and provide good quality information for the public. Two years ago new leaflets were introduced, then a range of greetings cards and postcards featuring line drawings of the ponies by Catriona Campbell were launched. Then last year, thanks to the efforts of the late registrar, Tony Young, a Heritage Lottery Grant was ordered to enable the Society to buy its own display boards. Says Chairman, Celia Harper Gow:
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15th Nov 2001 South West Christmas Equine Fair
Top Equine Sell-Out!
If Christmas shopping poses a puzzle, then there's a simple answer! Take time off to visit Britain's premier Christmas Equine fair and all your worries will be solved! With a total trade stand sell-out, the South West Christmas Equine Fair at Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter on the weekend of November 24th & 25th provides the perfect shopping opportunity. Visitors will have ample time to browse and buy at their leisure and take advantage of the professional and expert advice available from specialist associations and societies.
A wide selection of saddlery and tack, feeds, bedding, horse & human clothing, carriages, arena surfaces and all things horsey will be available
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15th Nov 2001
USA Equestrian Board Meets: Evaluates Litigation and Settlement Efforts
In its Board of Directors meeting held yesterday afternoon by teleconference, USA Equestrian (formerly American Horse Shows Association), the national equestrian federation of the United States, again considered the pending formal challenge against its status as National Governing Body for the sport commenced by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) in February. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) held a formal, public, three-day hearing on the challenge in Austin, Texas, October 13-15. No ruling by the USOC panel on the challenge has yet been released.
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15th Nov 2001 The Equestrian Federation of Ireland
National Governing Bodies of Sports representing a conservative 2 million plus participants want Sports Campus Ireland to happen as originally proposed.
Sports Campus Ireland is crucial to the development of Irish sport. Ireland is already thirty years behind the rest of Europe in terms of national and international sports facilities. We now have the opportunity to bring sports facilities in this country up to the level of our competitors abroad.
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14th Nov 2001 .
LAPAROSCOPIC OVARIECTOMY: New alternative for hormone-related behaviour in mares

Ovariectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove one or both ovaries. In horses, bilateral ovariectomy is done as an elective surgery in mares that are not going to be used for breeding purposes. An indication for ovariectomy in mares is to prevent estrus-associated behaviour. In these cases, undesirable behaviour occurs when the mare is in estrus and includes frequent posturing and urination, striking, kicking, difficulty under saddle and other dangerous or undesirable vices. Mares that respond to progesterone therapy are likely to respond to ovariectomy and removal of both ovaries is indicated in these cases. In addition to behavioural concerns, ovariectomy may be requested for registration purposes or for mares to be used for semen collection. It is also recommended in mares that are carriers of a detrimental genetic condition in order to remove the defect from the breeding population (such as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome in Arabian horses).
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14th Nov 2001
George Morris Conducts Successful USET Developing Rider Training Sessions
Gladstone, New Jersey—November 12, 2001—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) hosted Show Jumping Developing Rider Training Sessions with Olympic veteran and internationally renowned trainer, George Morris at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ, November 9 - 11.
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14th Nov 2001
PERA News
Currently hot off the press and onto www.peraworld.com, ... The latest in the battle for top spots in the 2001 World Rider Rankings. ; The very latest 2002 CCI and CIC calendar and 2002 UK calendar of events.
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14th Nov 2001
USET Named Leading Team at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Gladstone, New Jersey –November 12, 2001– The United States Equestrian Team (USET) squad of Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI; Margie Goldstein Engle of West Palm Beach, FL; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY; and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY was named the Leading International Team at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (CSIO-W Toronto) in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 5 – 11.
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13th Nov 2001
The World Equestrian Games In Spain
Exam Passed For WEG
Results: CAI-A & CCI***
Jerez Will Host The FEI Bureau Meeting
They Have Said....
Mike Tucker, Course Designer Jerez 2002
Enrique Sarasola
New Location For Jerez 2002
WEG Tickets Already On Sale
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13th Nov 2001

The British Equine Event 2001
Exceptional Attendance For Equine Event!
The British Equine Event, held over the weekend 3rd – 4th November at the NAC Stoneleigh Park, achieved its highest attendance figures ever – just under 17,000 visitors came to the event which was packed with equestrian personalities, demonstrations, features, information, advice and specialist exhibitor stands.
The standard of trade stands this year was exceptionally high, making a tough job for the judges of the BETA sponsored Best Stand Award. Martin Collins Enterprises eventually came out on top in the 18 sq. m. and over category, whilst Robinson Animal Health Care won the prize for stands of up to 18 sq. m.
The Best Breed Stand Award was won by the Eriskay Pony Society who produced a clear and informative presentation for the visitor and first place for the Best College Stand went to the Lincoln School of Agriculture with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as a close runner up.

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13th Nov 2001 The Friesian Extravaganza
On October 26th & 27th, Reno hosted the Friesian Extravaganza and "Friesians on Stage" at the Reno Livestock Events Center.
Friesians came from across the U.S. to participate in the afternoon competition events which included all disaplines of Dressage. There was driving from single hitches to four-in-hand coaches and specialized classes including the popular costumed event. The show was very colorful with some classes having over 20 entries, a large turn-out for a breed that is rather scarce.
. Every evening at 8:00PM the arena was cleared and the two hour event "Friesians on Stage" began to spotlight some of the most beautiful Friesians in the Unitrd States and showcased the best trained dancing horses in the country.
The very serious and patriotic finale with a salute to New York's "Twin Towers" brought all the Friesians back into the arena for their finale walk around and all who saw this 2 hour show were treated to the "magic and enchantment of the Friesian horses".
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13th Nov 2001 Hanoverian Tour Of Germany and Stallion Events Update
Having just returned from nearly three weeks in Germany as a guest of the annual Hanoverian Verband Breeder’s Program, Dale is still sorting through all his notes, pictures and videos. Although the normal group size was down from an average of 10 to 3 (the other guests were both from New Zealand) due to the world situation, the ability to experience the Hanoverian breeding program was not diminished. Events included the Elite Auction of Riding Horses and Foals, the Gala Hanoverian Horse Night, the 3-day Stallion Performance Test at Adelheidsdorf, the 4-day Stallion Licensing and Auctions at Verden, tours of 13 breeding farms plus the State Stallions at Celle, and informative lectures and tutorials on bloodlines, judging the Hanoverian and scoring and evaluation systems as well as the annual Breeder’s Ball. The officials at the Verband have created an 18-day experience, which is filled with an astonishing amount of information and skill building combined with the renowned German hospitality.
This is a time of change for Hanoverian breeding in Germany.
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13th Nov 2001
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
We're bashing, battering and breaking our horse's knees.
You can blame some of it on our selective breeding, and you can blame the rest of it on our insane desire to have horses use their front ends for slowing forward speed or stopping.
It's all the rage.
A horse's knee can be compared to a human's wrist. It's comprised of two rows of four bones each. Actually the horse's knee joint is three joints. The radius makes a joint with the upper row of knee bones; the upper row makes a joint with the lower row; and the lower row joins with the cannon bone.
The knee is a complex system, and therefore presents plenty of opportunity for trouble.
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12th Nov. 2001
Which Way: Ideal or Optimal
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Raising and caring for a horse requires the owner to follow one of two concepts: developing and handling the animal in a way that is ideal for that particular individual, or managing him so that the demands placed on him follow a generic pattern that does not account for the differences between horses, optimal.
In this context, ideal implies controlling the factors that contribute to a horse's general health, and the result is in the animal's best interest. The other method, however, involves pushing the horse to limits that may not be the healthiest for him, even when the short-term result indicates otherwise. It is the horse's long-term well-being that is the goal.
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12th Nov. 2001 Ireland Wins Toronto Nations Cup
Three-In-A-Row Victories Make Sporting History
IRELAND¹S SHOWJUMPING TEAM tonight (Saturday November 10) made sporting history by winning the prestigious Nations Cup at Toronto. This follows the Nations Cup victory in Washington (October 28) and the Nations Cup win at Calgary (September 9).
No Irish team has ever beaten the crack North American teams on their home ground three times in a row. It is also the first Nations Cup ever won by Ireland at Toronto.
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12th Nov. 2001
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Oldenburg CDI*** - Germany - 8th to 11th November 2001
Irish Rider 6th In Grand Prix Special
Senior Irish International rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens riding the fourteen year old Westphalian gelding Fosbury 2, owned by her trainer Johann Hinnemann, placed 6th in the Grand Prix Special this morning (Sunday 11th November 2001) at the Oldenburg CDI*** in Germany.
The class was won by American rider Lisa Wilcox on a score of 74.41%. Wilcox and her mount Relevant 5 scored a double at the show winning the Grand Prix the day before.
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12th Nov. 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSIO Toronto Canada 1-10 November 2001
Class No.128 $40,000 Big Ben Challenge
1) ERIC LAMAZE; ROSINA (CAN), 2) IAN MILLAR; AFTERSHOCK (CAN,
3) MARGIE GOLDSTEIN-ENGLE; HIDDEN CREEK'S JONES (USA)

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11th Nov. 2001
Equafleece Announce New Products
Following demand from customers at the British Equine Event at Stoneleigh on 3/4 November Equafleece have extended their best-selling range of fluorescent yellow Polartec® fleece horse clothing to include fluorescent yellow sweat rugs.
Designer Mary Leigh explains:When designing the range I didn¹t initially focus on the benefit of a high-visibility sweat rug which I saw basically as an indoor garment. However, many of our customers lead out unsaddled horses to exercise and find that the sweat rug doubles perfectly as an exercise sheet. Others have pointed out that if you are transporting horses by road for any reason overnight or in the winter you are likely to have horses in rugs standing beside a poorly lit highway. Even if you don¹t intend to box or unbox on the roadside, you can always break down.
The other new product launched after Stoneleigh is a quarter-zip fleece top in navy with a broad horizontal fluorescent strip. These were worn as uniform by Equafleece personnel at the event and were never intended for sale. However, so many orders were taken at the show that Equafleece have put the fleeces into production.
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11th Nov. 2001
Finding the Right Bit for You and Your Horse
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For many people, selecting a bit is a matter of guesswork, trial and error or habit. Catalogues and Magazine s offer a huge array of bits, often with conflicting descriptions of their purpose. Everyone seems to have their own theory about what mouthpiece to use when, and their reasons behind the use of each piece are as variable as the weather. But until the rider understands the action of the bit and where the horse feels pressure it will not be a matter of finding the right bit, but knowing how to use it.
There are two basic classifications of bits, the snaffle and the curb, determined by the type of pressure they apply. The snaffle acts on direct pressure. This is the simplest and usually the gentlest bit, good for green horses and green riders, although it is also appropriate for the more advanced. Pressure is exerted on the corners of the mouth, lips, bars and tongue. The mouthpiece may be broken (jointed) or straight (mullen); the joint relieves pressure on the tongue and bars, while the mullen mouth can have a port for tongue release. Severity of the snaffle bit is determined by the circumference of the mouthpiece, the smaller it is, the harsher. Adding a twist, slow or otherwise, also increases the damaging effects.
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11th Nov. 2001
The British Equine Event 2001
3 & 4th November 2000 - Don't Miss It!
2001 Equine Student's Outstanding Award
Helen Jacks from Hartpury College is the delighted winner of the prestigious Eqvalan Thesis of the Year Award 2001 following the final judging phase held at the British Equine Event at the NAC, Stoneleigh Park on 3rd November.
Now in its third year, the RASE initiated award is designed to reward academic excellence within colleges offering equine degree courses. Seventeen equine students put forward work of the highest standard making a difficult job for the judges.
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11th Nov. 2001 Oldenburg CDI*** - Germany 8th to 11th November 2001
Irish Rider Placed 9th In Grand Prix
Pries der Freunde Grand Prix
1. Relevant 5;Lisa Wilcox, 2. Rocher;George Williams USA, 3. No Limits 2; Sandy Phillips GBR, 4. Attention 28;Petra Wilm GER
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11th Nov. 2001
GPA Helmet Added To List Of Approved Helmets
The National Hunter/Jumper Council of USA Equestrian is pleased to announce that the popular GPA helmet has been added to the list of ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets.
Although the current model of GPA helmet worn by riders is made to ASTM standards, it is not certified by the SEI. "We have worked closely with Frantisi, Inc., who will be the United States distributor, to get the approved GPA helmet to the market," explained Joe Dotoli, Chairman of the NHJC Ad-Hoc Safety Helmet Committee. "Each approved helmet that comes on the market gives riders more choices in fit and style." The new GPA Model 4 is made with a Titanium strip within the shell.
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11th Nov. 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSIO Toronto Canada 1-10 November 2001 Class No. 126 $30,000 Polo Ralph Lauren Speed
1) MCLAIN WARD; FIOR (USA), 2) MARGIE GOLDSTEIN-ENGLE; HIDDEN CREEK'S JONES (USA), 3) ERIC LAMAZE; ROSINA (USA)
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