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16 Countries Compete For 300.000€ In The Eighth Edition Of CSI**** La Coruna
o A total of 154 horses and 70 riders from Europe and South America will participate in the summer edition of Spain’s most important show jumping event, which will offer 300.000 euros in prizes among 12 classes. o Present among the pack of 70 riders are leading names from both continents including Rodrigo Pessoa, Toni Hassman, Pia Luise Aufrecht, Eugenie Angot, Michel Robert, and Michael Whitaker, as well as Luis Alvarez Cervera, Jesus Garamendia and Alberto Honrubia from Spain.
La Coruna (Spain). July 16, 2004.- Following the December 2003 event in which Brazilian rider Rodrigo Pessoa was awarded the GP Telefonica, the best riders from 16 countries reunite at Spain’s prestigious Casas Novas Equestrian Centre, located in Arteixo, Galicia, for the summer edition of the most highly prized international show jumping competition in the Iberian Penninsula. Please click here for further details
With Samsung Super League, Samsung confirms its commitment to sports marketing in the lead up to the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games
Hickstead, 22nd July 2004: 23 days before the Opening Ceremony of ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, Samsung, Worldwide Wireless Communications Equipment Partner for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games and ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, today presents, with FEI, Samsung Super League.
Samsung Super League is the Elite Series of Samsung Nations Cup where the eight best national teams, selected on the basis of the results of the team competition at the previous year World Equestrian Games and Nations Cup competitions from March to October, compete against each other.
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Horse Owners Beware
It has been brought to the attention of The British Horse Society that during routine checks by police and Trading Standards, owners have been requested to produce documentation for their vehicle and animals including horse passports.

The Horse Passport (England) Regulations 2004 state that horse owners must have applied for their passports before the 30th June 2004 and have obtained them by 28th February 2005, after which date the passport must accompany the animal when it is being sold, used for the purpose of competition or breeding, moved outside of the UK or to the premises of a new keeper and when it is being presented for slaughter. In these circumstances it will be an offence not to produce a passport when asked. Please click here for further details

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Silver Anniversary Turns Golden For World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition
Record number of competitors, countries and rooky participants meant hot challenges and a well-earned win for England’s Darren Bazin in Calgary
CALGARY, AB – July 21, 2004 –The Silver Anniversary of the World Champion Blacksmiths’ competition turned gold on July 12th as a 14 karat solid gold shoe, designed by Brooke Baillie and recently appraised at $18,000, was awarded to now three-time World Champion Blacksmith, Darren Bazin of Kettering, England.
Records were shattered in this anniversary year with 108 competitors vying for the title – a 35% increase over the previous year. Further records were established as 20 different countries participated including Denmark, Finland, England, Scotland, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, and France – many for the first time. Forty competitors were new to the championships – a significant increase in rooky participants. Please click here for further details

Entry deadline is August 30
APHA ranch horse competition set for Nebraska's Fort Robinson

FORT WORTH, Texas-The working relationship between cowboys, cowgirls and their horses will be put to the test at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Paint Ranch Horse Round Up, to be held Sept. 11 at Fort Robinson State Park, just west of Crawford, Nebraska.
This one-day working ranch horse competition will feature classes that will test riders and their horses in several areas of competition.
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Joe Fargis Sweeps 1-2 In HITS Culpeper $50,000 Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (July 18, 2004)Three-time Olympic medallist Joe Fargis of Middleburg, Virginia, captured the top two spots in Sundays $50,000 Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper. Fargis triumphed over a field of twenty-five horses to place first on Diams III and second on Edgar 12, both owned by Mary B. Schwab & OEJI Farms. Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida, rode his own Promised Land to third place. Fourth place went to Marilyn Little of Frederick, Maryland, on Olinda, owned by Rayln Farms. Please click here for further details

History is made at the Royal Welsh Show
The British Horse Society and Forestry Commission Wales sign concordat
History was made yesterday (21 July) at the Royal Welsh Show as The British Horse Society (BHS) and the Forestry Commission Wales signed a concordat to strengthen the collaboration between the two organisations in promoting responsible equestrian access to Welsh Assembly Government Woodlands.
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Equine Ideal Photo Contest
The Equine Photographers' Network is the proud sponsor of Equine Ideal: Summer 2004 Online Photography Contest. Open to professional and amateur photographers, this contest features awards in multiple categories. Entries accepted from July 15, 2004 through August 31, 2004. Membership to the Equine Photographers' Network is not required for entry. Check the contest site at www.equinephotocontest.com for official rules and entry form.
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Stuart Tinney Joins Australian Horse Owner Team
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics the Australian 3-day-eventing team won gold. Stuart Tinney was part of that team. Now, four years later, he has been selected for Athens.
Taking Jeepster and reserve horse Carrera, Stuart left at the weekend for a camp in England where the eventers will train during the weeks leading up to Athens. His head groom, Amy McGregor, will be caring for his horses while they are overseas.
During his time away Stuart will be reporting for AHO. His stories and photos from England and Athens will be featured on the website.
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Show Jumping Result - IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Marshall Wins At Balmoral
WITH the home crowd behind him, Harry Marshall pulled out all the stops and romped home as the winner of the Balmoral Grand Prix in Belfast today (Thursday).
<Splendido> did the magic for Harry at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society's showgrounds, with a superb double clear round.
<<I am delighted,>> said Marshall afterwards, as he watched his score on the IJM TimberFrame league jump by a healthy ten points
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Four-in-Hand Driving Team Announced for World Championships in Hungary
Lexington, KY – July 22, 2004 – The United States Equestrian Federation has selected the members of the Driving Team for the Four-in-Hand World Championships to be held in Kecskemet, Hungary on August 4th through the 8th.
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Show Jumping - Carey Third In Hickstead Speed Class
RECENTLY promoted Capt. Shane Carey, who will jump for Ireland in Friday's Super League Nations Cup at Hickstead on Friday, lifted Irish hopes with a commendable third place in the Brighton Speed Stakes today (Thursday).
With the 12 yr-old chestnut mare, <Laughton's Lass>, Carey was just over two seconds behind Britsih winner Guy Williams and <Be Precise>.
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Show Jumping - Hickstead Nations Cup Team
THE Irish team to jump in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at Hickstead, England tomorrow (Friday) has been declared
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British Equestrian Federation announces new award for grooms
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is launching a new award for British grooms called the “Kuster BEF Groom Award”. The award has been generously sponsored by Frank Kuster from Grange Hotels and has been designed to reward and recognise the work done by grooms, the backbone of the horse world.

The winning groom and their guest will receive a luxurious holiday to the beautiful Italian resort of Naples including business class flights and also two nights in the London Grange City Hotel. Frank Kuster will also be generously providing the winning groom with a stunning Bronze designed, by Tim Nathan.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News 21 July 2004
Three candidates for 2010 World Equestrian Games
European Jumping Championship for Young Riders and Juniors
Samsung Super League Hickstead
FEI Eventing World Cup Update
FEI Promotional Meeting in Reining
In Memoriam
In the pipeline: coming events
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Community Hosts the World's Top Riders
100 horses, 44 riders, from 18 countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Mexico, Holland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, United States) will be on hand to participate in the eighth edition of San Patrignano's CSI horse show. The competition is scheduled for the 23-25 of July on the grounds of Europe's largest drug rehabilitation centre.
Prizes totalling more than 200 thousand Euro will be offered, including a 100 thousand Euro jackpot for the Acqua Uliveto Gran Prix. The courses will be designed by Olaf Petersen from Germany, who will offer his services at this years' Summer Olympics in Athens, and Italian Marco Cortinovis. Some of the world's top riders will be contending for the top honours. Please click here for further details
Intervet Inc. Announces Availability of Prodigy®
Vaccine Aids in the Prevention of EHV-1-Induced Abortions in Horses
MILLSBORO, Del. (July 21, 2004) - Intervet Inc., one of the world's leading animal-health companies, announces the availability of Prodigy® with Havlogen® as an aid in the prevention of abortion and respiratory disease caused by Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) infection found in horses. EHV-1 is the leading cause of infectious viral abortions in mares. Please click here for further details

APHA hosts more than 1,800 horses at premier event
World's largest American Paint Horse show features exciting international competition
Fort Worth, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) lived up to its reputation as exclusive host of the largest and most comprehensive breed exhibition of its kind, with the World Championship Paint Horse Show, held recently in Fort Worth, Texas.

For the fourth consecutive year, more than 1,800 horses competed at the World Show-a 14-day annual event that has become the proving ground for competitors striving to show that they ride or own the best American Paint Horses in the world.
American Paint Horses competing in the show represented owners from 46 states in the United States, several provinces in Canada, as well as locations in Australia, Belgium, Germany and Italy. In addition, teams from the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany competed in the Youth Paint World Games, which debuted at the World Show this year. The widespread participation of nations was proof that APHA's World Show is growing in international popularity.
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U.S. Equestrian Federation Accepting Bids To Host 2005 USEF Open Reining Championship
Lexington, KY – July 21, 2004 -- The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2005 USEF Open Reining Championship. This prestigious event has been in existence since 1999 and has featured some of the best reiners in the country. In 2002, the Open Reining Championship was used as the Final Selection Trial for the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. The resulting team made history by capturing the Team Gold medal and the Individual Gold and Silver medals. In 2004, the Championship became an International event as the Final qualifier for the FEI World Reining Master
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2004 Olympic Equestrian Teams Submitted To USOC
The United States Equestrian Federation has submitted to the United States Olympic Committee the official teams for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The teams are as follows: Please click here for further details


Equivite Resorb® – it’s not just for competition horses
Any horse that sweats is at risk from electrolyte imbalances. So, whether you ride your horse or pony at weekends, at local shows and events or participate in long distance endurance competitions, you need to be aware of the potential dangers of even mild sweating.
Equivite Resorb® is a scientifically formulated rehydration therapy, developed in conjunction with British team event rider, Jeanette Brakewell. Containing a unique balance of electrolytes and carbohydrates (which are essential for rapid electrolyte absorption) Equivite Resorb® can be dissolved in water as a palatable isotonic drink, or added to the feed. Please click here for further details
From Customer Care To HOYS For Kate
THE team at Bradford-based Matchmakers International are celebrating after Customer Care Assistant Kate Hollingworth qualified for the Horse of the Year Show.
Under the Caldene banner, Matchmakers International are sponsoring the second arena at HOYS and there will be plenty of support for Kate and her ride Longriver Eternity when they make their Birmingham debut.
Kate (21) from Ovenden near Halifax, and the seven-year-old bay gelding qualified at Cheshire County much to the delighted of the horse's owner Alison Embleton.
They will compete in the finals of the Intermediate Show Riding 158cm and are looking forward to the occasion.
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Linda Algotsson reigns supreme on home ground
2003 FEI Eventing World Cup Champion Linda Algotsson won a brilliant victory at the 11th FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier held in Malmö (SWE) from 16 to 18 July. Riding her very own 11-year old gelding Fair Dobbin, she finished on the impressive result of 46.4 penalties. Linda was in 4th position after the first day of competition, despite a fine Dressage test (44 penalties), but a clear Cross Country (2.4 time penalties) followed by a clear Jumping round made her the convincing leader more than 10 points ahead of runner-up fellow countrywoman Viktoria Carlerbäck.
This victory secures Linda 100 FEI Eventing World Cup points which, added to her previous performances in Luhmühlen, GER (60 points) and Strzegom, POL (30 points), place her as the firm leader of the standings with 190 points, well ahead of Germany's Andreas Dibowski (134 points) and Darren Chiacca of the USA (123 points). Please click here for further details

Flying Frenchman Yann Candele Claims Second Consecutive Victory at the Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament
Ottawa, Ontario --- After winning Saturday's $35,000 Jumping Derby, Yann Candele of France claimed his second consecutive victory at the Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament, held July 13-18 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON, by winning the $75,000 'Big Ben Memorial' Grand Prix.
Candele, a native of Normandy, France, qualified two horses for the jump-off, but the first one into the grand prix ring got the job done. Riding the 10-year-old Belgian-bred Mill Creek Marco Taere, Candele efficiently completed the shortened jump-off track set by Canadian course designer Danny Foster in a time of 52.21 seconds to overtake the lead. His performance would prove to be the winning one as none of the other eight jump-off challengers could even come close to his time.
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Samsung Super League 2004 - All Eyes On Italy At Hickstead..........
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead hosts the sixth leg of the 2004 Samsung Super League series on Friday next and, with just one further round remaining before the Final in Barcelona in September, the pressure is intensifying at the lower end of the league table.
The Italians had a disastrous outing in Aachen last week and now lie four points behind the Irish in bottom position. The question is, can Chef d’Equipe Duccio Bartalucci once more find the inspirational drive that rescued his side from relegation at the end of the 2003 series? It seems like a tall order but Italian courage in the face of adversity should never be under-estimated.
The French are back in control at the head of affairs but less than two points separate them from Germany in second place while The Netherlands is next in line almost four points further behind. Please click here for further details

Shortlist announced for Great Britain TREC Teams
World TREC Championships, Zweibrucken, Germany
10th-12th September 2004

The British Horse Society (BHS) has included the following riders on the shortlist for the World TREC Championships, taking place in the German town of Zweibrucken between the 10th and 12th September.
Paul Turner (Powys), David Hay-Thorburn (Argyll), Hilary Barnard (Bristol), Kathy Wilding (Shropshire), Jane Willett (Wirral), Deborah Swan (Hampshire) Mike Myers (Cumbria), Jennie Free (Hampshire), Anna Weston (Leicestershire), Maddy Jacob (Herefordshire), Anthea Kendrick (Cumbria).
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Joel is going to Athens!
Ekstein: The Dutch Equestrian Federation announced this evening that the 13-year-old gelding Joel (Ekstein x Ramiro Z), ridden by his 23-year-old owner/breeder Gert-Jan Bruggink, has been selected to represent Holland on the Dutch Olympic Showjumping Team. Joel has been on fire this year, winning last weekend the Prize of Europe and placing 5th in the Nations Cup at the CSIO***** of Aachen. Earlier in the year Joel won the CSIO***** Grand Prix of Rotterdam and placed 7th in the Nations Cup, won the CSI-W Grand Prix of ‘S-Hertogenbosch, won the CSIO***** Nations Cup of Rome and placed 10th in the Grand Prix, placed 6th in the CSIO***** Nations Cup of La Baule, placed 6th in the CSI-W Grand Prix of Amsterdam, and was crowned Vice-Champion Showjumper of Holland. Joel is the only member of the Dutch Olympic Showjumping Team sired by a Dutch Warmblood stallion (the other members of the team are Holsteiners).
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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2004 FEI World Reining Masters Series: Fredrik Thomsson wins CRI in Falsterbo
On July 11th, Sweden held its second qualifying CRI valid for the $ 100,000.-FEI World Reining Masters Finals. Among 13 competitors, Fredrik Thomsson not only won this show astride CC Top Whiz scoring 140 points, but also placed second, third and fourth with his other three horses. Altogether Thomsson won 3300,-- kr prize money which put him in first place in Sweden in the unofficial current standings of the FEI World Reining Masters - an event which is to take place in Oklahoma City on December 2, 2004. Rick Lemay who did not show in Falsterbo, was leading so far with 1570,-- kr and is now ranked second. Waldemar Wass and Peter Ljungberg, who are third (1256,-- kr) and fourth (314,-- kr) did not get into the prize money in this CRI, but as the last Swedish CRI will be held in October, it will only be possible then to determine who will represent Sweden in the FEI World Reining Masters Finals.Please click here for further details

Amazing Deal for Grace!
British showjumper Grace Barton has secured a sponsorship deal with sue carson saddles. Grace, a member of the British Young Rider team who won the European bronze medal in 2000 recently moved to France, where she is now a regular competitor on the Grand Prix circuit.
Her seasoned campaigner Valhalla has come back in magnificent form after having a foal last year. Since March, Grace and Valhalla have won two Grand Prix classes and been placed in many others.
Sister Bing, an 8 year old Irish mare, has been with Grace for almost a year and in her first season of serious jumping, won her first Grand Prix last week.
Grace first experienced the benefits of a sue carson saddle when she rode her friend’s horse. Please click here for further details
Dressage at Devon Hosts Putting it All Together: From Breeding Shed to FEI Arena
A multi-faceted seminar for buyers and breeders, September 28th, 29th and 30th
Devon, PA – (March 20, 2004)— Ekkehard Brysch, President of the International Sport Horse Registry and Oldenburg Registry, will be among the presenters at Putting it All Together:
From Breeding Shed to FEI Arena. The multipart seminar will take place from Tuesday, September 28th, Wednesday, September 29th and Thursday, September 30th at the 30th annual Dressage at Devon Horse Show. The show runs from Tuesday, September 28th through Sunday, October 3rd at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, Pennsylvania. According to Breed Show Secretary Lori Kaminski the purpose of the seminar is “to introduce potential buyers to sport horse breed shows and sport horse breeders.” Dressage at Devon offers what is considered the largest breed show in the world. Please click here for further details
FEI Promotional Meeting Held during the 2004 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Show
During the NRHA European Affiliate Championship Show held in Deurne, The Netherlands, an FEI Promotional Meeting was held. The objective of the meeting itself was to provide the international reining community information regarding the upcoming major FEI World Reining Masters presented by NetJets, the 2005 FEI World Reining Masters and the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
With regards to the 2004 FEI World Reining Masters Series presented by NetJets, a fractional jet ownership company with Offices world wide, the prize fund of $100,000 U.S. was confirmed. $75,000 will be offered in the Open Division, open to all qualified riders, and $25,000 will go to the Restricted Division (a division for competitors from those countries not among the five finalists at the 2002 WEG: U.S., Canada, Italy, Germany and Great Britain). For both divisions a set of FEI medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be awarded. Please click here for further details

Irish Olympic Show Jumping Team Announced
THE Equestrian Federation of Ireland has today (Monday) presented to the Olympic Council of Ireland final details of the team of riders and horses that will represent Ireland in Show Jumping at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The list of team members was submitted by Chef d’Equipe Col. Ned Campion to the EFI at the weekend for approval.
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Major Win For Welshman
A delighted Welshman Andrew Davies successfully defended his title at this years Chester International Horse Show, when he won the main class of the show the Chester Championship in magnificent style for the second year running.
Competing for a total prize fund of £15,000, Andrew who is based in Warrington, riding Mandy Hall's Ashley, held off stern opposition from Damien Charles and Dave Quigley, winning the three round competition in 49.06 seconds.
The winners cheque for £5,000 was presented to Andrew by Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Chester, Councillor Terry Ralph and Councillor Gaynor Ralph, along with local television presenter Lucy Meacock. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Carey Wins Army Battle At Newcastle West
ARMY Equitation School riders were out in force at Newcastle West's Grand Prix today (Sunday), but Capt. Shane Carey took the honours, just ahead of fellow-officer Capt. David O'Brien, who won at Limerick yesterday.
Lt. Brian Curran Cournane also showed in the top six at Newcastle West.
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Show Jumping - Quigley Third In Chester Grand Prix
Grand Prix
1) Ashley lll; Andrew Davies (GBR), 2) St. Honore's Liquido; Damien Charles (GBR), 3) Ashdale Futuro; Dave Quigley (IRL)
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Show Jumping - McAuley Second At Vilamoura
Juniors Farewell Competition
1) Jabdullah; Silvia Albanese (ITA), 2) Luciano 175; Mark McAuley(IRL), 3) Zeno d'Or; Suus Kuyten (GER)
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Samsung Super League 2004 - German Victory Sends Out A Warning..........
The reigning Olympic and European champions from Germany claimed the latest leg of the 2004 Samsung Nations Cup series on their home ground in Aachen today, sending out a strong signal of confidence and determination ahead of next month’s Olympic Games in Athens.
Aachen has long been considered the Mecca of the show jumping world – the place where every team and every individual wants to do their very best – and course-designer Frank Rothenberger’s track tested them with 12 big fences, light poles and clever layout. While problems were spread all around the course the line from the oxer at fence five to the combination at fence six proved the bogey of the day, but having shared pole position with the USA, Belgium and Holland carrying eight faults after the first round, the German squad added nothing further to win without calling out their final rider. Please click here for further details

Jess Swaps The Dressage Arena For The Show Ring
Teenagers dominate Search for a Star qualifier in Somerset
Teenagers took centre stage at the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star selection day at Hand Equestrian Centre, Clevedon in North Somerset.
Holli Hayes, 16, from Macclesfield, Katie-Louise Harris, 14, from Curdridge, Hampshire, Lauren Rooney, 13, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, and Amanda Baker, 17, from Highbridge, Somerset, all earned themselves places to the Horse of the Year Show.
But the biggest surprise was for 18-years-old Jess Bennett, who swapped the world of international Dressage for national showing. Jess, from Bristol, and her 11-year-old Atlantic Prospect, were on the British junior team which went to France last year. Please click here for further details

BHS Ragwort Action Week gets under way
The British Horse Society's (BHS) Ragwort Action Week takes off on Monday (19 July), following hot on the heels of the first ever code of practice on how to prevent the spread of Ragwort, so deadly to horses and other grazing animals.
Quick off the mark was Radio 4's favourite farming programme, The Archers. Poor Alice has discovered that her pony, Chandler, has liver failure and the suspected cause is Ragwort poisoning. Alice has been advised to have Chandler put down to end his suffering, a story that echoes a report received by the BHS only this week of yet another horse dying from the consequences of ingesting Ragwort, one of five plants named in the Weeds Act 1959.Please click here for further details

Pony European Championships Jaszkowo Poland
27 July - 1 August 2004
The following Kitt Sponsored Pony Riders have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Pony European Championships 27th July - 1st August 2004
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Show Jumping - IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - O'Brien Snatches Limerick Prize
IN thrilling jump-off class of eleven riders, it was the Army Equitation School's Capt. David O'Brien who snatched the trophy at the Limerick and District Grand Prix today (Saturday), with the experienced 15 yr-old <Carraig Dubh>.
A warmly welcomed Francis Connors set the pace early in the jump-off, on Noel C. Duggan's <Millstreet Miss>, making its 2004 Grand Prix debut. But Shane Breen, on the eight yr-old <Iris Du Bateau>, shaved fractions of a second off Francis's time, and looked set to take the winner's rosette. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Bourns Wins At Vilamoura
GALWAY-born Andrew Bourns was the Irish winner at today's (Saturday) Young Riders competition at the European Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Riding his family-owned <Accordiano>, Bourns was over a second ahead of runner-up Gudrun Patteet from Belgium.
A former championship winner at Dublin Horse Show, Andrew is in his last year as a Young Rider, and hopes to graduate to the senior Grand Prix circuit.Please click here for further details

CSI*** Royan (Fra) 23- 25 July 2004
Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

CSI**** La Coruna (Esp) 22 - 25 July 2004
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - O'Connor Second In Aachen Speed Derby
CONFIRMING his position as the dominant Irish player during the five star week at Aachen, Germany, Cian O'Connor today (Saturday) racked up yet another second place in a star-studded international field.
Riding his speed specialist <ABC Landliebe>, the 24 yr-old Olympic shortlisted rider was drawn first to go, and remarkably held onto the lead through a field of 13 riders, before the final competitor, Switzerland's Markus Fuchs, took almost two seconds off the Meath-based rider's time of 87.3 seconds. Please click here for further details


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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